Rape and murder suspect to be extradited back to Alabama

By Kelvin Reynolds

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A man wanted on rape and murder charges in Tuscaloosa waived his rights and will return to Alabama.

30 year-old Ellis Patton is accused of raping two women and killing one of them, Angela Quick Lavender, last month. Captain Loyd Baker of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit tells Fox6 News Patton waived his rights this morning in a Cleveland court.

Patton had been dating Lavender.

Baker says she felt uncomfortable about Patton spending the night at her home so she asked a friend to come over as well. Investigators say Patton raped Lavender and may have strangled her. He then assaulted another woman in the apartment in front of her young daughter on September 26th.

Authorities believe he fled to Jacksonville, Florida following the crime and caught a ride to Cleveland, Ohio.  While in Cleveland, Patton flagged down officers and said he wanted to turn himself in.

Patton faces charges of capital murder, rape, sodomy and kidnapping.

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