Mass. charges being dropped in Craigslist killing

By The Associated Press

BOSTON (WKTV/AP) - On the same day prosecutors formally drop the charges against the VVS grad who committed suicide after being charged in the killing of a masseuse he met through Craigslist, the slain woman will be honored with a memorial stone in a Boston garden commemorating homicide victims.

Philip Markoff, a former Boston University medical student and graduate of Vernon Verona Sherrill High School, was found dead in his jail cell last month. He was awaiting trial in the 2009 killing of Julissa Brisman of New York City.

Brisman was beaten with a gun and shot three times at a Boston
hotel. She was one of three women Markoff was accused of robbing or attacking after meeting them through Craigslist.

On Thursday, Boston prosecutors will withdraw the charges against Markoff because of his death.

Later that day, Brisman will be honored at Boston's "Garden of Peace."

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