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UPDATE: Spokane man charged with murdering another man with a car

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Murder suspect Billy Dalager appeared to blow the judge a kiss during his first court appearance on Monday Murder suspect Billy Dalager appeared to blow the judge a kiss during his first court appearance on Monday
SPOKANE, Wash. -

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A 23-year-old man from Spokane is in jail charged with first degree murder after police say he ran someone over with his car. It happened on Lacey and Central.

Police say Billy Dalager said quote, "I'm gonna run him down"and then did just that, killing 30-year-old Don Meilike. Friends and family of Meilike tell KHQ this never should have happened.

I'm still sitting here expecting him to show up," said friend of Meilike, Michael Gonzalez.

Gonzalez says he lost his best friend. "Don't take your friends for granted. Don't take anything for granted," he says.  

Meilike recently moved to Spokane from Oregon. His sister says he's been in and out of trouble with the law multiple times but Spokane was good for him until Sunday happened. Court documents show Dalager and Meilike got in a fight about stereo speakers. The fight quickly escalated leading to Meilike's death.

Dalager is being held in jail on a $500,000 bond. His family spoke with KHQ, but were not prepared to speak on-camera

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The man who was killed after being run down by a car on Sunday has been identified as 30-year-old Don F. Meilike. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office says Meilike died from blunt head injuries after being hit by a car early Sunday morning. 

The man police say was the driver of the car, 23-year-old Billy J. Dalager, appeared in court Monday afternoon on a charge of 1st Degree Murder. Detectives believe Dalager and Meilike were in an argument prior to the crash. They say at least two cars chased Meilike while he was riding his bike and then Dalager hit him with his car near Central and Lacey. 

Dalager's bond was set at $500,000 Monday afternoon. At the end of his appearance, Dalager appeared to thank the judge and blow him a kiss before exiting. A woman claiming to be Dalager's mother called shortly after this story was published and said Dalager knew his family was watching his appearance and the kiss was meant for them. The woman says the Bailiff told her and her family that Dalager would be able to see them through a monitor during his appearance and he saw them and it was it his of saying he loved them. 

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