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Federal judge denies murder-for-hire mastermind Henrikson's acquittal motion

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This courtroom sketch shows Henrikson (center) during testimony in February. This courtroom sketch shows Henrikson (center) during testimony in February.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A federal judge dismissed a motion for the acquittal of murder-for-hire plot mastermind James Henrikson after Henrikson's defense argued several witnesses conspired to frame him.

In a 40-minute presentation in Spokane Tuesday, Henrikson's defense argued key evidence against him came from unreliable criminals, and as such, the guilty verdict a jury reached in a Richland courtroom earlier this year should be thrown out. U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza kept the guilty verdict in place.

According to court documents, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Jones offered a rebuttal to the defense saying the theory that Henrikson was framed was on “on the level of ‘the CIA faked the moon landings.’”

Henrikson was found guilty in February. He was found guilty on all 11 charges against him including the murder of Doug Carlile and K.C. Clarke. 

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