LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) – A convicted killer who escaped from a Michigan prison was due to return there after withdrawing his court motion fighting extradition from Indiana.
Michael David Elliot maintained his innocence after the brief hearing Thursday in LaPorte County, Ind., shouting “I'm innocent” from an elevator after being escorted from the courtroom.
Deputy LaPorte County Prosecutor Christopher Fronk says Michigan authorities were in LaPorte and expected to return Elliot to that state later Thursday. An auto theft charge against Elliot in LaPorte County was dropped.
Elliot escaped Feb. 2 from the Ionia Correctional Facility and was captured in northern Indiana the next day.
Elliot was serving life in prison without parole after being convicted of fatally shooting four people and burning down their Gladwin County house in 1993 when he was 20.