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Metal singer jailed in wife’s murder plot back with band

A heavy metal singer convicted in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his estranged wife has reunited with his Grammy-nominated band and performed with the group in San Diego over the …


Man gets 30 years in murder for meth plot

A 32-year-old Yakima man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend and planning to pay for the deed with a …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

83-year-old woman, her son charged in murder-for-hire plot

An 83-year-old woman and her 63-year-old son have been charged in a murder-for-hire plot involving a family member, police said Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:37 p.m.

Ex-wife of murder-for-hire plot boss James Henrikson sentenced to probation

A woman who helped prosecutors send her ex-husband to prison for ordering the deaths of two associates in the North Dakota oil patch has been sentenced to probation for her …


Child molester who tried have child killed gets 20 years

A northwest Washington state man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to arrange the killing of a child he molested.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane man accused of assaulting girlfriend is now accused of hiring hit men to kill her

A man in the Spokane County Jail since July accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend is now suspected of trying to hire at least two hit men to kill her.


Drew Peterson gets 40-year sentence in murder-for-hire case

A former suburban Chicago police officer has been given an extra 40 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars for …


Post Falls man sent to prison on drug, murder-for-hire charges

A Post Falls man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison on drug charges and in a murder-for-hire plot.


Ex-Chicago-area officer found guilty in murder-for-hire plot

Jurors on Tuesday found former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson guilty of trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped to convict him in the killing of …


Widow in Carlile murder-for-hire slaying forgives killer during sentencing

Tim Suckow, 52, will serve 30 years in federal prison for killing Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke at the direction of James Henrikson. U.S. District Court Judge did not accept …


Judge affirms guilty verdict in Henrikson murder-for-hire trial

Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the evidence used to convict James Henrikson on 11 criminal counts tied to murder-for-hire plots came from unbelievable witnesses, and he should receive a …


Henrikson defense says prosecution’s murder-for-hire case based on lies

Attorneys for James Henrikson argued Tuesday that the government’s case against the North Dakota man is built on the lies of informants, while prosecutors said all the evidence in the …


Henrikson defense attacks witness credibility, moves for acquittal

The defense’s first witness in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson offered a different account of the killing of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke than the one told by his supposed killer, …


Ruling on false testimony from Henrikson witness won’t be admitted, judge rules

Jurors in the murder-for-hire trial of James Henrikson will not hear that the judge presiding over the case determined that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses gave false testimony in …


Key witness in Henrikson trial gave false testimony against Spokane County man in 2011

Robert Delao, who testified he negotiated a murder-for-hire deal between James Henrikson and Timothy Suckow that ended with the December 2013 death of Doug Carlile, testified falsely against Mark Hewson …


Judge says James Henrikson trial may continue

A motion for a mistrial based on undisclosed text messages between a Spokane police detective and a witness in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial was thrown out Tuesday.


Henrikson attorneys seek mistrial following revelation of police texts with witness

Three weeks of courtroom work may be undone by text messages released Friday by prosecutors in the James Henrikson murder-for-hire trial. Defense attorneys are asking for a mistrial because they …


Hit man in South Hill murder-for-hire case details ‘arsenal’

RICHLAND – Timothy Suckow described the “arsenal” of weapons he obtained illegally in Spokane, and Robert Delao detailed his plans to deliver heroin to James Henrikson, whose trial on murder-for-hire …


Lawyers focus on truthfulness of witnesses as Henrikson trial begins

Spectacled and graying, Timothy Suckow drew with his finger on Friday the location where he said he fatally bludgeoned Kristopher Clarke nearly four years ago at the request of James …


‘Prejudicial’ statements from Carlile’s family ordered withheld in Henrikson murder trial

A statement from Doug Carlile identifying James Henrikson as his potential killer will not be heard by jurors, and the publicity of the statement could end up moving Henrikson’s trial, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 8 p.m.

Henrikson withdraws guilty plea in oil business murder-for-hire case

The mastermind in the murder-for-hire plot that left two men dead, including a South Hill businessman, has withdrawn his guilty plea in the wake of a certain life sentence. But …


Carlile murder plot mastermind faces 40 years after guilty plea

James Henrikson, the man who ordered the killings of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty Friday afternoon. …


Getaway driver pleads guilty in Spokane murder-for-hire case

The getaway driver accused in the murder-for-hire of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile pleaded guilty Tuesday, leaving only two of the six men implicated in the scheme to stand trial. …


Five expected to plead guilty in South Hill murder-for-hire case

Five of the men accused of working for James Henrikson, the man investigators believe ordered the murder of North Dakota oilman Doug Carlile in his South Hill home, are expected …


Suspect in murder-for-hire killing of Doug Carlile accused of jailbreak plan

United States Marshals foiled a Spokane jailbreak plan by the suspect accused in the high profile murder-for-hire killing of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile.


Federal prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Doug Carlile murder

Federal prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against five of six men indicted in an alleged murder-for-hire plot that left a South Hill businessman dead in December 2013.


Charges filed in murder-for-hire plots tied to Bakken oil dealings

Five men who investigators believe were involved in murder-for-hire plots emanating from North Dakota’s oilfields were charged Wednesday in federal court in Spokane. A sixth, the alleged mastermind of the …


Lawyer who defended Aryan Nations dies in prison

Edgar Steele, the North Idaho attorney who first gained notoriety for defending Aryan Nations leader Richard Butler and later was imprisoned for plotting to kill his wife, is dead. He …


UPDATED: Mon., April 7, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

Man implicated in South Hill murder case wants new lawyer

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota man who has been questioned about an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in Washington is asking for a new lawyer to represent him on illegal weapons …


New details in Doug Carlile murder put more focus on suspect

A former employee provided details of a $20,000 bounty tied to the December killing of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile that have brought more focus on James Henrikson, the North …