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Woman charged with killing Hillyard man

UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 9:19 p.m.

Brittany Korzonthowski, 32, was charged with first-degree murder Monday, June 18, 2018 after 28-year-old Caleb Tipton died over the weekend from a gunshot wound to the head. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)
Brittany Korzonthowski, 32, was charged with first-degree murder Monday, June 18, 2018 after 28-year-old Caleb Tipton died over the weekend from a gunshot wound to the head. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)

A man who was placed on life support following a Friday shooting in Hillyard has since died, prompting Spokane County prosecutors to charge his suspected killer with first-degree murder.

Brittany Korzonthowski, 32, was crying and at times covering her face with both hands as District Court Judge Vance Peterson set bond at $500,000 Monday afternoon. Originally charged with attempted murder, her crime was upgraded when the victim, Caleb Tipton, 28, died of injuries he sustained Friday when police contend he was intentionally shot in the head.

Court records say Tipton was placed on life support at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where neurosurgeons concluded there were “no lifesaving options available.” He was kept alive with the use of mechanical equipment until his organs could be donated, and was pronounced dead sometime before Monday afternoon.

However, Korzonthowski, according to records, says it was all an accident. While she was home in the 2500 block of E. Rowan Avenue Friday night, she told police Tipton came to her home and demanded to speak with her boyfriend about stolen items.

After becoming violent and striking her in the head several times with a rock tied to a string, she said she went inside, grabbed a firearm and “attempted to raise the gun in the air to scare Tipton away.”

Court records say several witnesses saw Korzonthowski raise the gun in the air and fire off a single shot, striking Tipton in the head. Korzonthowski told police she didn’t know the gun was loaded.

After being hit in the head, documents say Korzonthowski stayed with Tipton and “attempted lifesaving measures” until authorities arrived.

Several other witnesses fled the scene and were not available to speak to police.

In court Monday, Korzonthowski’s attorney argued for his client’s release without bond, saying he didn’t think she was “likely to re-offend at all.”

“She has no adult felony convictions,” he said. “She is married. She has a house. She has six children. She has ties to the community.”

Judge Peterson chose to keep bond at the same amount set by a weekend judge.


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