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April 23, 2014

Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Michael Elliot appeared Wednesday afternoon in Ionia District Court. Judge Raymond Voet entered a not-guilty plea on Elliot's behalf. Voet scheduled a court conference for May 5 and a probable-cause hearing for May 7.

Elliot was captured Feb. 3 in LaPorte County, Ind., one day after escaping Ionia Correctional Facility, about 30 miles east of Grand Rapids, Mich. Authorities say the 40-year-old slipped under gates and made holes in fences before carjacking a woman in Ionia and then reportedly fleeing into Middlebury, Ind., where the woman escaped. A manhunt tracked Elliott through LaGrange and Elkhart counties before he was caught.

Elliot is serving life without parole for first-degree murder in the shooting of four people during the 1993 robbery of a drug dealer.

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