The former medical student accused of being the "Craigslist Killer" won’t be walking down the aisle any time soon. His fiancée has officially called the wedding off, her lawyer said this morning.
Megan McAllister's lawyer confirmed on the "Today" show that the wedding was off, and he did not anticipate the two would consider another one in the future. He characterized his client as a strong woman who has just gotten the shock of her life and is ready to take the steps she needs to move forward. Honecker told "Today's" Meredith Viera that Megan still supports Philip Markoff, but that she understands the serious charges against him and wants to set out to accomplish her own goals in life.
McAllister did not talk to the media. Her lawyer, Robert Honecker, told Boston television station WBZ the couple "had a candid, frank discussion about what has transpired and the events that will transpire in the future."
"She's done it now, and I think she feels good about coming up and seeing him," Honecker told WBZTV. "But now it's time to move on with other things in her life. She's going to take up her life with her friends and her family in New Jersey. I don't expect her to return in the near future."
Apparently “moving on” includes cancelling the couple’s summer wedding, which had been planned for this August. Rumors have been swirling for weeks about whether the nuptials were on or off as more news broke about the details of Markoff’s seedy Craigslist undertakings.
News of a possible breakup first came Tuesday, when a member of the band Megan and Philip had hired for their summer wedding said "there is no way" the show would be able to go on. William Forte, keyboardist and owner of the Bstreetband, the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, said he would return the couple's $500 deposit and allow them to opt out of their contract. The day before, McAllister had maintained her loyalty to Markoff and pledged to support him throughout the legal process.
"What has been portrayed and leaked to the media is not the Philip Markoff that I know," she said in a statement read by her attorney.
Markoff is charged with shooting Julissa Brisman of New York City on April 14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. He is also charged in a robbery at a nearby hotel of another woman he met on Craigslist. He has pleaded not guilty. On Monday, new details revealed Markoff may have sought meetings with transsexuals on Craigslist as well, although none were victimized.
Markoff, 22, was reportedly placed on suicide watch last week after he tried to hang himself with a shoelace.