Craigslist killing suspect can't afford lawyer

BOSTON (AP) - Court papers say the medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist owes more than $130,000 in
student loans and cannot afford an attorney.

The document obtained Monday from Boston Municipal Court says
Philip Markoff also does not get money from his parents. They live in upstate New York.

The document says the Boston University student has been unemployed long enough to be eligible for an appointed attorney paid through public funds.

Markoff is charged with murdering 25-year-old Julissa Brisman of New York City this month at a Boston hotel. He also is charged in a robbery at a nearby hotel of another masseuse police say he met through Craigslist.

He has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer says he is innocent.

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