Man in Lake Shore Drive standoff agrees to extradition to Georgia

Written By BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter Posted: 05/09/2014, 06:18am
Array Police stopped traffic on Lake Shore Drive during a standoff involving an armed fugitive on Sunday. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

The man charged in last month’s eight-hour standoff with police on Lake Shore Drive made his first appearance in court Monday, agreeing to be sent back to Georgia, where he faces murder charges in a separate case.

Joseph Felton Jr., 44, who is being held without bail, had been hospitalized. He appeared for Monday’s hearing at the George Leighton Criminal Court Building seated in a wheelchair. A black patch covered his left eye.

In the brief hearing, Felton — after becoming a little confused about his limited options — chose not to fight Georgia authorities’ efforts to bring him back to that state for a murder case.

Felton was arrested March 16, hours after his car crashed in Chicago after a 20-mile chase from Harvey. The chase, which ended on Lake Shore Drive, injured four people, although none of the injuries were life-threatening. Felton is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and fleeing police in the Cook County matter. He’s wanted in connection with the murder of his wife, Sheray Felton, in Hampton, Ga., about 30 miles from Atlanta.

Contributing: AP

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