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Man accused of driving to Niagara Falls with body in trunk to face murder charge in Ohio

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 09:24:20-04

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office will send a man arrested in Niagara Falls last month to Ohio to face charges.

JeShawn Elliott, 37, will return to Youngstown, Ohio to answer to a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend.

The Niagara Falls Police Department found the body of Elliott's girlfriend in the trunk of his car in a Niagara Falls parking lot on August 9.

Following an investigation by the NFPD and other local and state agencies in New York and Ohio, it was determined by investigators that the victim had been killed in Youngstown.

Based on the evidence, District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek determined the case should fall in the jurisdiction of Mahoning County, Ohio.

In a statement, Wojtaszek said, "this murder involves Youngstown, Ohio citizens and the family of the victim expected to see the case back there. They want to follow the prosecution of the defendant and show their love and support for the victim. Once we obtained evidence that the murder took place in Youngstown, Ohio, we were comfortable that jurisdiction would not be an issue in the Court. We will continue to assist with the prosecution of this case to ensure that justice is done for the victim and her family."

Elliott still faces charges in Niagara County in connection to his arrest. He is accused of threatening police when he was taken into custody. During his arrest, police say they had to use a stun gun on Elliott because he lunged at them with a knife. Elliott is charged with attempted assault of an officer with a deadly weapon and menacing an officer.

The Niagara County District Attorney's Office expects to make a decision about his local charges in the coming weeks.