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Michigan Murderer who Escaped Scheduled for Court

IONIA, Mich. (AP): A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February is scheduled for arraignment on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Michael Elliot has a video hearing set for Wednesday morning in Ionia District Court. The court says the video conference is to save transportation costs.

Elliot was captured Feb. 3 in LaPorte County, one day after escaping from Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan. Authorities say the 40-year-old slipped under gates and made holes in fences to get away before carjacking a woman in Ionia.

The woman got away from him in Indiana.

Elliot is serving life without parole for first-degree murder in the shooting of four people during the 1993 robbery of a drug dealer. A co-defendant admits pulling the trigger, and Elliot says he's innocent.

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