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Cellphone records link murder-for-hire suspects, missing man

James Henrikson and Timothy Suckow, suspects in a murder-for-hire plot targeting a South Hill businessman, were together in North Dakota the day another alleged victim went missing in 2012, according to cellphone records released in federal court this week. Federal prosecutors this week published a 22-page report by a law enforcement cellphone analyst in response to allegations from Henrikson’s defense attorneys that they weren’t providing complete investigative records. The records indicate that Suckow, the alleged triggerman who killed Doug Carlile in a break-in of Carlile’s South Hill home in December 2013, traveled to Williston, North Dakota, in February 2012, the day before Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke disappeared.

Central figure in murder-for-hire case pleads not guilty

Wearing leg shackles and an orange jumpsuit, James T. Henrikson pleaded not guilty Friday to hiring a hit man to kill two people over business dealings in North Dakota’s booming oil patch. Federal prosecutors may pursue a death penalty case against Henrikson, who is accused in an 11-count murder-for-hire case of ordering the contract killing of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile in December.

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 plot that resulted in the death of a Spokane businessman in December, is scheduled to enter a plea Friday in Spokane.

Arrest made in Carlile killing

Spokane police arrested 33-year-old Robby Wahrer on suspicion that he drove the getaway van in the December killing of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile. The arrest comes months after Wahrer told friends that he thought Carlile’s kneecaps were to be broken, not that he would be shot and killed in his home on South Garfield Road, according to police.

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 Dakota oil speculator allegedly at the center of a murder-for-hire plot, according to court documents. Police have not charged Henrikson in the case, though FBI agents have had him jailed for weeks on firearms violations as Spokane investigators build a case.

Trial pushed back for alleged gunman in South Hill slaying

At a hearing Thursday, prosecutors announced their intention not to seek the death penalty against Timothy Suckow, the man accused of shooting Doug Carlile in a December home invasion. Suckow was also charged with additional criminal counts.

Oil dealings prompt investigation of N.D. tribal chairman

A former federal prosecutor has been hired to investigate the dealings of a tribal chairman thought to have been the target of a North Dakota oil speculator with ties to a man shot dead in his home on Spokane’s South Hill. Stephen Hill Jr., a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, was chosen by the Three Affiliated Tribes business council to head a probe into the businesses of its chairman, Tex Hall, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Spokane authorities mention Hall in court documents as a business partner of James Henrikson, an oil speculator and convicted felon currently in federal custody on firearms charges. Henrickson is suspected in the murder-for-hire plot that killed Doug Carlile on Dec. 15. He has not been charged.

Oil dealings prompt investigation of N.D. tribal chairman

A former U.S. attorney will lead an investigation into the dealings of a tribal chairman thought to have been the target of a North Dakota oil speculator with ties to a man shot dead on Spokane’s South Hill. Stephen Hill Jr., a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, was chosen by the Three Affiliated Tribes business council to head a probe into the businesses of its chairman, Tex Hall, according to the Bismarck Tribune. Hall is mentioned as a business partner of James Henrikson, an oil speculator and convicted felon currently in federal custody on firearms charges, in documents charging Timothy Suckow with the Spokane shooting death of Doug Carlile on Dec. 15.

N.D. tribal chairman, suspect in murder-for-hire linked

NEW TOWN, N.D. – A suspected murder-for-hire in Spokane is rippling across a North Dakota Indian reservation. Pressure is building on the Fort Berthold Reservation for tribal leaders to take action after a criminal investigation raised questions about Tribal Chairman Tex Hall’s business relationships.

James Henrikson pleads not guilty to weapons charges

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota man and former business associate of a Washington state man killed in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme is scheduled to be arraigned on a weapons charge today. Thirty-four-year-old James Henrikson, of Watford City, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested in Mandan last Monday.

Henrikson ordered held without bail in North Dakota

The man implicated in the shooting death of Spokane businessman Doug Carlile has been ordered held without bail in North Dakota. James Henrikson, 34, has been charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He’s been in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest Jan. 18 and is being held at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby, N.D.

2013 Spokane County homicide numbers hold steady

In a year that saw violent crime dip more than 8 percent citywide, according to Spokane police records, the number of homicides in Spokane County remained on par with 2012. The 12 cases that made up the 2013 homicide caseload marked an average year for Spokane going back to 1985, the first year the FBI began collecting local homicide statistics. A spike in homicides in the late 1990s was countered by a decline in the late 2000s, leaving Spokane with an average 11 homicides per year since the mid-1980s.

Oil speculator Henrikson stole from investors, feds say

The federal firearms case against a North Dakota oil speculator linked to the death of a South Hill businessman was put on hold Friday, as new details of his alleged fraudulent business practices emerged. Prosecutors have begun plans to seize property and real estate belonging to James Henrikson, 34, amid charges he cheated investors in his trucking company, pocketing millions for himself through other business ventures begun in his wife’s name.