Escaped inmate will represent self at trial

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IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison will represent himself at trial on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

Ionia County Judge David Hoort granted Michael Elliot’s request during a court hearing Tuesday. A trial date wasn’t set. Attorney Randy Norton will serve as stand-by counsel.

Elliot was captured Feb. 3 in LaPorte County, Indiana. It was a day after he escaped from a prison in Ionia, 35 miles east of Grand Rapids.

The 41-year-old Elliot is serving a no-parole life sentence for first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of four people in Gladwin County in 1993.

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