"Craigslist Killer" Set To Appear In Boston Court This Week

(AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel)
Boston University medical student Philip Markoff stands during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

BOSTON/AP Dubbed the "Craigslist Killer," a Boston University medical student accused of killing a New York City masseuse he met through the online service, will be back in court this week. This time for a pretrial hearing.

Philip Markoff is scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Julissa Brisman and the armed robbery of another woman four days earlier, both at posh Boston hotels.

Police say both women had advertised erotic services on Craigslist. Markoff has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He has also been charged in two other similar hotel crimes against women he allegedly met online.

The 23-year-old Markoff also is charged in an arrest warrant in the attempted robbery of another woman in Rhode Island on April 16. Police say she was bound with cord and held at gunpoint at a hotel in Warwick, but her assailant fled when her husband came into the room.