Accused Spokane killer representing himself in court

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 11:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane man accused of killing his girlfriend and fleeing to California appeared before a judge on Friday to represent himself.

Detectives said that Tony Callihan strangled his girlfriend, Michelle Koenen, in December and court documents show Callihan wrote at least two letters to witnesses trying to convince them to lie.

Callihan had several requests for the court on Friday, including asking the judge permission to hire an expert witness to support him at the cost of the state.

Callihan also told the judge he wants to be evaluated by a mental health expert of his choosing and asked permission to hire a private investigator. The judge did grant that.

Callihan told the court on Friday that he hopes to clear his name of the murder charge against him and he plans to use the jail library to help build his case. He requested the jail allow him more hours in the library.

Testimony from jail officials said Callihan already gets more time in the law library than any other inmate in the county jail. The judge ruled that he will get eight hours weekly from now on.

Callihan's request of a paralegal was denied.

There was a public defender on hand to help Callihan in court on Friday but so far Callihan is representing himself with no help and he said that's the way he wants it.

Callihan has requested a three month continuance for his trial.

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