Saturday, 2:15 PM
Fiancee's dad: Megan 'still confident' in accused killer
By Globe Staff
The fiancee of alleged Craigslist killer Philip Markoff has been devastated by the murder and robbery charges, according to her father, who spoke briefly today to a scrum of reporters camped outside the family's home in Little Silver, N.J.
A picture of Philip Markoff and Megan McAllister from their wedding website, megan-philip.com.
Jim McAllister walked to the end of his driveway today to tell the media that the family would "have no comment" when a reporter asked how his daughter, Megan McAllister, was holding up.
"As expected, not well," Jim McAllister said in a soft voice for television cameras. "She's still confident in Phil, other than that we are saying a lot of prayers."
He added, "She's got a lot of friends, lot of family … that's been a big help to us. That's been wonderful."
Asked whether his daughter had any inclination about Markoff's alleged crime, the father shook his head in the negative.
"Absolutely not," said Jim McAllister before walking away from the microphones.
Markoff, 23, is a Boston University medical student accused of terrorizing a woman who advertised erotic services through Craigslist and killing another who fought back, 25-year-old Julissa Brisman of New York. [The Globe obtained Brisman's death certificate today and it showed she was 25, not 26 as has been widely reported by law enforcement and the media. Brisman's 26th birthday would have been tomorrow, April 24.]
Markoff pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery charges on Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court.
Megan McAllister was driving with Markoff when police arrested him on Monday on Interstate 95 in Walpole. Police told the Globe that Megan McAllister broke down and cried when they informed her of the charges. The officers drove her to Logan International Airport that night and she flew home to New Jersey.