Prison escapee Michael Elliot to challenge extradition today

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

Forty-year-old Michael Elliot is challenging extradition back to Michigan.

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.

A warrant from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was delivered, ordering Elliot's return on February 21, but Elliot challenged it by using part of the law known as habeas corpus. It requires that the court must prove his identity within 30 days before transferring him.

Elliot has been held in isolation in LaPorte County. If he is extradited back to Michigan, he will be moved to maximum security.

Barbara Harrington will have the latest in our 90 minutes of news starting at 5:00 this evening.


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