SPOKANE, Wash. -- Accused killer Tony Callihan was in court for pretrial hearings Wednesday, with a man claiming to be Callihan’s alibi taking the stand.
The witness was transported from another prison to be in the courtroom. The witness reportedly refused to talk to detectives so prosecutors wanted his testimony ruled inadmissible.
Detectives said Callihan, 38, strangled his girlfriend Michelle Koenen in December 2012 in West Central Spokane. Callihan had fled the area the same day Koenen was found dead in her home. He was found in the parking lot of a California grocery store sleeping in Koenen’s stolen car a week later.
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According to court documents obtained Wednesday, an inmate claimed Callihan told him he murdered Koenen with an electrical cord while putting his knee into her back.
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In March, Callihan, who had been representing himself, discussed in court that he might argue his alleged victim’s death was a suicide. During the same hearing, Callihan also requested an attorney.
Callihan’s trial was set to begin sometime in May.