Judge says DNA can be taken in Craigslist killing

BOSTON (AP) - A judge says Massachusetts prosecutors can obtain
a DNA sample from Sherill native Philip Markoff, a former medical student charged with killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney, said Superior Court Judge Frank Gaziano ruled Monday that a sample of Markoff's DNA can be taken, but only to compare with biological evidence seized by investigators in the case.

Philip Markoff has pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of Julissa Brisman, of New York City, and the armed robbery four days later of a Las Vegas woman, both at Boston hotels. He has also been charged in an alleged attack on a stripper in Warwick, R.I.

Prosecutors say Markoff, a former Boston University medical student, met the women through Craigslist.

A call to Markoff's attorney was not immediately returned.

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