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DA: Search Of Markoff's Home Turned Up Firearm, Restraints

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Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley outside Boston Municipal Court, where Philip Markoff pleaded not guilty to murder and armed robbery on Tuesday. (Steve Brown/WBUR)
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley speaks to reporters outside of Boston Municipal Court on Tuesday after Philip Markoff pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and armed robbery. (Steve Brown/WBUR)

A 23-year-old Boston University medical student is being held without bail after being arraigned on charges he murdered a New York woman who had advertised massage services on Craigslist.

Prosecutors say it was an e-mail between the suspect, Philip Markoff, and the victim, Julissa Brisman, that first linked Markoff to the murder.

A subsequent computer forensic investigation, as well as cell phone links, further convinced police that Markoff was their man.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley says they've since found more evidence linking Markoff to the crime.

"Last night a search warrant was executed at his home in Quincy," Conley says. "Among other items we're releasing at this time, a firearm was recovered, restraints — restraints — and duct tape."

Conley refused to say if they've recovered Markoff's computer, nor did he confirm reports Markoff had a gambling problem.

He did say, however, that Markoff's original motive was robbery.

This program aired on April 21, 2009.

Steve Brown Twitter Senior Reporter/Anchor
Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's senior State House reporter.



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