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NBC's Dateline program on Friday night will look into the 2013 murder of Doug Carlile in his Spokane home. Here's a look back at our coverage, with some primary documents, on-the-ground reporting and courtroom recaps to read as you watch.
Todd Bates, 43, solicited the services of a would-be hitman in Chicago to kill Jed McClure, at the direction of James Henrikson, according to investigators. His sentencing was delayed by health issues.
Robert Delao, 41, has previously served time in prison on a manslaughter charge and other crimes tied to gang activity. He apologized to the families of the victims in James Henrikson’s schemes and promised a federal judge he would reform.
James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced to at least two life prison terms for his involvement in ordering the murders of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke and Doug Carlile. Henrikson did not apologize for the crimes, instead speaking of abortion and the lax criminal justice system at his 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 the negotiated 17-year sentence for Robert Delao, who acted as a go-between in the Carlile killing.
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 new trial.
A Richland jury on Thursday found James Henrikson guilty in the murder-for-hire killings of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke.
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 plots to kill point back to Henrikson.
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, Timothy Suckow. Elberta Carlile did not testify Monday but her harrowing 911 call to authorities Dec. 15, 2013 was replayed for the jury.
James Henrikson's defense team called an Arizona man to offer another account of Kristopher Clarke's killing that differed from the one told by confessed killer Timothy Suckow.
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 an unrelated robbery years ago. Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled Friday that his finding that Robert Delao was untruthful in testimony about a 2007 robbery could not be presented to the 17-member jury. In Henrikson’s trial, Delao testified he acted as a go-between for Henrikson and Timothy Suckow to arrange the murder of Doug Carlile.
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 in a 2007 robbery, U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled Wednesday.
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.
U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza ruled Tuesday that prosecutors should have turned over a series of texts between Spokane Police Detective Mark Burbridge and defense witness Robert Delao to James Henrikson's defense team. But Mendoza wants involved parties to testify before ruling on whether a mistrial or continuance is necessary.
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 were not informed of deals being cut two years ago between Spokane Police and a key witness.
The two men that James Henrikson's defense team say are using their client as a scapegoat spoke about their criminal activity in testimony Tuesday morning.
RICHLAND – In testimony broken by tears and long pauses Monday, Timothy Suckow described the two grisly murders he said were ordered by James Henrikson, including what he described as his reluctant shooting of Douglas Carlile. “He dropped his hand,” Suckow said, recounting the moment he confronted Carlile in his South Hill kitchen on Dec. 15, 2013. He paused. “And, uh, I started shooting.”
Timothy Suckow, 52, said he did not want to kill Douglas Carlile when he lie in wait in the South Hill man's home Dec. 15, 2013. He said he'd been ordered there by James Henrikson, and instead meant only to rob Carlile, who was shot and killed.
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 Henrikson.
Eleven men and seven women were picked Thursday from a pool of about 80 Central Washington residents to determine the innocence or guilt of James Henrikson, who is facing life in prison after being charged with 11 criminal counts, including murder-for-hire.