Brief hearing for suspected "Craigslist Killer" and Sherrill native

BOSTON (AP / WKTV) - The former medical student, and native of Sherrill, accused of killing a 25-year-old masseuse he met through Craigslist did not appear at a brief procedural court hearing.

Philip Markoff was not required to attend Thursday's session in Boston Municipal Court, which his lawyer said was "not a critical stage" in his case.

Markoff's mother, Susan Haynes, did attend but declined to comment.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed to a probable cause hearing July 1. That is expected to be cancelled because prosecutors say Markoff is likely to be indicted before then, moving his case to Superior Court.

Markoff is charged in Boston with the April 14 fatal shooting of Julissa Brisman of New York City, and the armed robbery of another woman four days earlier. Authorities say he met both women through Craigslist. Markoff has pleaded not guilty.

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