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A former medical student accused of killing a 25-year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist has been indicted by a grand jury.
Philip Markoff's indictment on charges of first-degree murder and other crimes moves his case from district court to Superior Court, where he is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. The indictments were returned late Thursday and announced Sunday.
He was indicted for the April 14 shooting of 25-year-old Julissa Brisman of New York, who advertised on the "exotic services" section of Craigslist at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. He was also charged with the April 10 armed robbery of a 29-year-old Los Vegas woman at the Westin Copley Place hotel.
The 23-year-old upstate New York native who had been living in Quincy is being held without bail after pleading not guilty in district court.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said the grand jury reviewed dozens of exhibits, including internet and telephone records, during a two-month investigation.
"Contained in those records was a wealth of information, all of it pointing directly at the defendant," Conley said. Markoff, a second-year medical student at Boston University, was arrested April 20 on Interstate 95 while driving with his fiancee to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.
Defense attorney John Salsberg said Markoff would continue to plead not guilty.
The indictment makes no mention of a Rhode Island warrant that accuses Markoff of pulling a gun on a stripper April 16 at a Holiday Inn Express in Warwick, R.I. Markoff faces assault and weapons charges in that case.
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