Callihan extradited back to Spokane to face murder charge

SPOKANE, Wash. - The suspect in the early December murder of a west Spokane woman has been extradited back to Washington state.

The Spokane Police Department confirmed via Twitter Friday morning that Tony Callihan has been extradited from California to face a second-degree murder charge for the killing of Michelle Koenen.

Koenen was found strangled in her home in the 2000 block of West Broadway on Dec. 7.

Callihan was arrested in Clearlake, Calif. on Dec. 14, a week after Koenen was killed. He was driving Koenen's 2006 Dodge Stratus at the time he was arrested in Clearlake, located approximately 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Court documents show that before he fled the area, Callihan admitted to his stepfather that he "got into a fight with a girl at a 'meth party' and he shoved and choked her."

After he fled the area, Callihan was spotted once in Ellensburg, where he stole some gas from a greenskeeper at Central Washington University.

During his first appearance hearing Friday, Callihan's bond was set at $750,000.

If convicted of Koenen's murder, this would be Callihan's third violent criminal strike. He pistol whipped someone Christmas Day 2001 and was released from the Airway Heights Corrections Center in 2011 after serving time on an assault charge.