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Cass street murder suspect extradited back to Allen County, appears in court

Cordell Patterson appeared in court Thursday morning facing murder and robbery charges in the death of 33-year-old Laura Larkin.

Posted: Dec 20, 2018 2:30 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2018 10:40 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A man who was arrested in Mississippi this month after being accused of the murder and robbery of a woman on Cass Street was extradited back to Indiana this week.  

Cordell Patterson appeared in court Thursday morning facing murder and robbery charges in the death of 33-year-old Laura Larkin. 

A probable cause affidavit shows Larkin was strangled to death. A witness told police Patterson was at Larkin's home on Cass Street the day she was murdered. 

Patterson reportedly went to Mississippi to visit his mother, telling her he, "did something bad and hurt someone." He was arrested there on December 8th. 

The affidavit states Patterson met Larkin at a bar on November 25th and went back to her house to have sex. Patterson later told a friend he took Larkin's Mercedes Benz after spending the night with her. 

Later, Patterson admitted he thought he had killed Larkin and that she wasn't breathing. 

The affidavit goes on to say Patterson strangled Larkin with a rope after she tried to stop him from robbing her. Larkin apparently fell down the stairs after Patterson choked her. 

That's when he laid her on her bed and took her car, phone, and several credit cards. 

Patterson is due back in court on January 2nd for a trail setting. 

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