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'Craigslist killer' suspect denied bail

BOSTON - Prosecutors said Tuesday they found a semiautomatic weapon at the home of a Boston medical student whohas been ordered held without bail on charges he shot to death a masseuse he had lured to a hotel through Craigslist.

Philip Markoff said nothing during the brief hearing in Boston Municipal Court.

Authorities said they followed a computer trail to Markoff, linking an account used to set up appointments on Craigslist with two women who were attacked to his address in Quincy.

They say a search of his home found the gun, ammunition andmaterials exactly matching those used in an attack on anothermasseuse in a Boston hotel.

Markoff is charged with murder in the death of Julissa Brismanof New York City and kidnapping and armed robbery in the otherassault.

The second-year Boston University medical student lives with hisfiancee, who claims police have the wrong man.

"He could not hurt a fly," Megan McAllister said in an e-mailto ABC's "Good Morning America. "All I have to say is Philip is abeautiful person, inside and out," she said in the e-mail read onTuesday's program.

Markoff's attorney, John Salsberg, did not immediately comment.

Authorities have said there could be more victims.

"Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's apredator," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Mondaynight in announcing Markoff's arrest earlier in the day during atraffic stop south of Boston.

An e-mail message sent to McAllister via her Facebook page wasnot immediately returned Tuesday. The McAllister family did notrespond to knocks of the door of their Little Silver, N.J. homeTuesday. Shortly after, a police officer emerged from home and saidthe family did not wish to speak with reporters, and asked themedia respect their privacy.

Michael Bernard, who lives in Markoff's building in Quincy, wasshocked to recognize his neighbor on television reports of thekilling.

"He was smart, he carried himself well, he was clean, a goodlooking guy," said Bernard, a retired electric company worker."He seemed like the type that would have it all. It doesn't makesense."

Authorities believe Markoff also may be connected to theattempted robbery Thursday in Warwick, R.I., of a stripper who hadposted an ad on Craigslist. She was held at gunpoint before herhusband entered the room and her attacker fled.

A Boston University spokeswoman said Markoff was suspended fromthe medical school after his arrest.


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