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James Henrikson pleads not guilty to charges in federal court James Henrikson pleads not guilty to charges in federal court
SPOKANE, Wash. -

James Henrikson plead not guilty Friday in his first appearance in front of a federal judge in Spokane. Henrikson faces 11 charges, including two counts of murder-for-hire.

He's accused of masterminding the murder of Douglas Carlile last December. The Department Of Justice is still deciding if they will seek the death penalty in the case. That decision is expected in the coming weeks.

Henrikson said little in the courtroom, only acknowledging he understood the charges against him and his rights. The defense declined to add anything to the record when asked.

Douglas Carlile's wife and two of their sons were in the courtroom during the hearing. KHQ's Gabe Cohen said Elberta Carlile appeared emotional, shedding a few tears at one point, but their family appeared strong.

A bail hearing for Henrikson is set for September 24. He will remain in jail until that hearing.

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