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Escaped inmate returned to Michigan after Indiana capture

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The escaped convict accused of kidnapping a woman, stealing several cars, and fleeing into Indiana is back in Michigan, but he admitted Thursday that he could try to escape again.

Michael Elliot was being held in LaPorte County following his escape from an Ionia County, MI prison in early February.  Elliot's lawyer had issued a Habeas Corpus petition, tying up the process of extraditing him back to Michigan.  On Thursday, that petition was withdrawn.

Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Fronk says the correct steps had to be taken in the process, all the evidence was looked at and that the process meant Elliot could delay his time before returning to Michigan. .

Elliot was escorted out of the courtroom and repeatedly said he was innocent.  "I just want to say my conviction is based on lies from people who lied to save themselves," he said. When asked, Elliot admitted that the hearing Thursday was to bring attention to his case.  Elliot already is already sentenced to multiple life sentences in Michigan. 

Elliot was also asked if he would attempt to escape from prison again. "Not if I'm cleared of my innocence."

Elliot was convicted for killing four people in 1993.  His lawyer told FOX28 back in February that Elliot maintained his innocence throughout the trial, though the lawyer currently has his doubts.  "When the murder weapon was found on him.  It kind of gives you some kind of clue that he was involved," he told us.

The felony theft charge facing Elliot was dropped by the State of Indiana. "We don't need to spend anymore resources on this guy," Fronk said. "When you've got a life sentence, what's a theft right?"

He was taken away by the Michigan Department of Corrections shortly after the hearing concluded. As of Thursday evening, the Michigan Department of Corrections Website shows that Elliot is assigned at the Ionia Correctional Facility in Michigan.

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