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Elliot fighting extradition back to Michigan

Michael Elliot (Courtesy: LaPorte County Sheriff's Department) Michael Elliot (Courtesy: LaPorte County Sheriff's Department)

A convicted murderer who police say escaped a Michigan prison is fighting extradition back to the state.

Michael Elliot was arrested Monday evening in LaPorte County, where police say he led them on a pursuit in a stolen car.  That car is only one of four police believe he stole during his escape.

Elliot had a hearing Tuesday morning in a LaPorte County courtroom to start the process to extradite him back to Michigan. LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi says,  "He's refused at this point to waive extradition. So we're waiting for a Governor's warrant so we can have a hearing to have him extradited back to the state of Michigan."

In Michigan, Elliot is being charged with escape, kidnapping and carjacking, according to the Ionia County District Court. 

Szilagyi says Governor Rick Snyder has 30 days to respond to a warrant request to get Elliot extradited back to Michigan, although he believes Snyder may expedite the process, given the circumstances. In the meantime, Elliot's staying put in LaPorte County on an auto theft charge.

"The judge has issued $1 million cash bond on it. So if beyond 30 days, we still don't have something from Michigan, he'll still be held," says Szilagyi.

Elliot remains at the LaPorte County Jail. When asked if he's concerned Elliot may try to escape again, the LaPorte County Sheriff said he's being kept in a cell for 23 hours a day. When he's not in a cell, he's in a concrete enclosed space at the Jail.

"He's not going to be allowed outside or in any recreation area or anything. He's in our segregation unit in our facility," says Sheriff Mike Mullenhauer. "He's here to stay."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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