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If Elhajji Elshabazz, the fourth and final suspect in the fatal beating of elderly Buffalo church deacon Levi Clayton does not fight extradition following his arrest Wednesday in Ithaca, Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Thursday that he expects him to be returned here for prosecution in the murder case “soon.”

Elshabazz, 23, was arrested by a Tompkins County sheriff’s deputy as he allegedly tried to rob a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Ithaca motel. He still faces arraignment on robbery charges there, Sedita said. Should Elshabazz fight extradition he could be in custody in Tompkins County for about a month.

Two of Elshabazz’ alleged cohorts, Jordan McKinnon, 19, and Justice Feggans, 18, were both arrested in April on murder charges for the attack on the 96-year-old Clayton in his Buffalo home last November. Clayton died in April of the blunt force trauma he suffered in the late night attack.

Shaquar Pratcher, 17, was arrested on murder charges in the case in May. Like his three alleged cohorts, Elshabazz faces indictment here on murder and burglary charges in the case.

The break-in was filmed by Clayton’s home surveillance cameras.