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Couple Charged In Killing Of Retired Hercules Teacher

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Darnell and Tania Washington (Kings County, WA Sheriff’s Office)

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HERCULES (CBS / AP) — A husband and wife accused of the killing of a retired Northern California school teacher and wanted for a Southern California crime spree are a step closer to being returned to California to face charges.

Hercules police spokeswoman Connie Van Putten said warrants were filed Wednesday in Contra Costa County Superior Court charging 24-year-old Darnell Washington and his wife, 25-year-old Tanya Washington, with the murder of Susie Ko.

Susie Ko

Susie Ko (CBS)

Several other charges were also filed against the couple including robbery, carjacking and burglary. Darnell Washington was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Washingtons were being held in King County, Wash. after being arrested outside of Seattle less than a week after the 55-year-old Ko was found dead on the floor of her home on Oct. 5.

An extradition warrant was also filed Wednesday seeking to have the couple returned to California.

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