Murder victims’ family relieved Elliot in custody

Stacy Ramsay (Feb. 3, 2014)

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) – Michael Elliot was 20 years old when he killed four people in 1993.

Investigators said he and another man were trying to rob a person who they thought had drug money. They ended up shooting and killing four people, and then setting the house on fire to hide any evidence.

Despite testimony from two other people who were apart of the plan, Elliot has always maintained his innocence.

Michael Elliot leaves a courtroom in LaPorte, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2014)
Michael Elliot leaves a courtroom in LaPorte, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2014)

24 Hour News 8 on Monday night talked to the woman whose parents were killed in that shooting.

Stacy Ramsay is the daughter of Bruce Tufnell and Kathy Lane — two of the four people killed by Elliot.

“I’m still kinda in shock from it and in shock from him even escaping. But my whole family is relieved he’s in custody now,” Ramsay said.

Ramsay said she forgave Elliot years ago for what he did, and even wrote him a letter.

“I just wanted some answers. I was just going through that stage in grief where you need answers, and I wrote him a letter and he wrote me back and said that he’s sorry for how I feel, and he knows what I’m going through and he didn’t do it. At that point, I just realized I just had to let him go and forgive him. I just wanted him to be sorry for what he did,” said Ramsay.


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