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Spokane murder for hire plot: Prosecutors believe James Henrikson planned four more murders

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Spokane County prosecutors say five of the six men implicated in a murder-for-hire plot are cooperating with federal investigators. The sixth person, James Henrikson, is not yet working with the feds. Newly filed court documents provide much more insight into Henrikson's business operations and the murder of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile.

James Henrikson indicted on murder-for-hire charges of South Hill victim, Doug Carlile

Prosecutors say Henrikson and Carlile went into business together on a 320-acre plot of land in North Dakota. The idea was to drill for oil, but they were having trouble attracting investors. Ultimately Henrikson and Carlile had different ideas on how to move forward, and prosecutors believe that rather than hash out a mutually beneficial plan, Henrikson arranged to have Carlile murdered. 

He contacted a friend, who in turn contacted Timothy Suckow. Suckow, prosecutors say, agreed to murder Carlile for a sum of $20,000. Prosecutors say on December 15, Suckow forced his way into the Carlile's home. Doug Carlile and his wife were returning from church that night. When they entered their kitchen, prosecutors say Suckow opened fire, killing Carlile. His wife ran upstairs and called 911. 

But prosecutors say this was actually Suckow's second attempt to kill Doug Carlile. Several weeks before, prosecutors say Suckow went to Carlile's home with the intention of killing the man. But that weekend Doug Carlile was in Moses Lake watching his grandchildren. Prosecutors say Suckow never actually got the money for murdering Doug Carlile. They say he was arrested the day before the payment was supposed to come in. They say Suckow had been asking about the payment, as it was nearing Christmas and he said he needed cash to buy some gifts.

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Prosecutors also believe Doug Carlile was not Suckow's first murder at the request of James Henrikson. They believe he also killed a former business associate of Henrikson's named Kristopher Clarke. Clarke was working for Henrikson in North Dakota. He and Henrikson had a falling out, and, prosecutors say, Clarke planned to open a competing trucking business. Prosecutors believe Suckow, at the request of Henrikson, murdered Kristopher Clarke. The sum, once again, was $20,000, paid in two $10,000 transactions. 

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Aside from the murder plot, these new documents detail just how fraudulent prosecutors believe Henrikson was with his business dealings in North Dakota. They believe not only was he stealing money from an employer, but the married man actually impregnated his employer's daughter. Prosecutors say Henrikson, in an attempt to hide the pregnancy from her father, paid an associate $20,000 to relocate the woman from North Dakota to Spokane. Prosecutors also say Henrikson stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from that employer, and hundreds of thousands of dollars from other investors. They believe he changed his name several times in an attempt to hide his track record of scamming people out of money.

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The documents further allege that Henrikson was involved in a heroin distribution operation. Henrikson had a pill-making machine, and prosecutors say his plan was to create an Oxycontin type pill using heroin. He managed to get his hands on eight ounces of heroin, and made the pills. However, prosecutors say, the pills weren't bound correctly, and couldn't be used. Most of the pills were ultimately wasted. Then, prosecutors say, his pill-making machine was stolen and Henrikson planned to kill the person who stole that machine.

James Henrikson indicted on murder-for-hire charges of South Hill victim, Doug Carlile 

And that brings us to the final charges against Henrikson and the five other men involved. Prosecutors say they planned to murder four other people, but for a variety of reasons those murders never actually happened. 

All six men are scheduled to go on trial this fall. 

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