Man who escaped from prison will represent himself

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

The man who escaped a Michigan prison, carjacked a woman, and was caught about 24 hours later in LaPorte County was in court Tuesday.

40-year-old Michael Elliot was granted permission Tuesday to represent himself in court.

He is serving five life sentences for killing four people and burning down their house back in 1993.

On February 2, he escaped the Ionia Correctional Facility and carjacked a woman. She was able to escape by locking herself in a gas station bathroom in Elkhart County and calling 911 on a cell phone.

Elliot's former lawyer, Randy Norton, will be on hand during the trial as a consultant.

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