Grand jury indicts Watford City man of murder for hire
BISMARCK -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Watford City man on two charges of murder for hire in connection with the shooting death of his former business partner in Spokane, Wash., and a former employee of his who has been missing since Feb...
BISMARCK - A federal grand jury has indicted a Watford City man on two charges of murder for hire in connection with the shooting death of his former business partner in Spokane, Wash., and a former employee of his who has been missing since February 2012.
James Terry Henrikson, 36, is in custody on federal charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges Henrikson also conspired to have three more men killed, though those murders were not committed.
He faces the death penalty or life in prison if he’s convicted on either murder for hire charge.
North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon said Wednesday his office would dismiss the federal firearms charges it brought against Henrikson to facilitate his remand back to Washington for the new charges.
Henrikson appeared Wednesday in federal court in Bismarck, where he waived his detention hearing. He’ll be in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until he’s transported to Washington’s Eastern District for further proceedings there.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Delorme requested U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal allow the Department of Homeland Security be authorized to help with the transport.
The indictment charges Henrikson with two counts of murder for hire, three counts of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, three counts of solicitation to commit murder for hire and one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Investigators had previously questioned Henrikson about the death of his estranged business partner, Doug Carlile, who was shot to death by an armed intruder Dec. 15 in his Spokane home. The indictment alleges murder for hire by Henrikson, Timothy Suckow - who is charged with Carlile’s murder - and three other people: Robert Andrew Delao, Robby Joe Wahrer and Lazaro Tomas Pesina.
Henrikson told a detective that he was angry with Carlile because he owed him $1.88 million for his investment in an oil venture, but he denied threatening or killing Carlile, court documents show.
The other murder-for-hire charge alleges that Henrikson hired Suckow to kill 29-year-old Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke, a former operations manager for Henrikson’s trucking firm who was last seen Feb. 22, 2012. Clarke allegedly told a roommate that if something should happen to him, Henrikson would be responsible.
Special findings of the grand jury allege that Henrikson “intentionally did cause another to kill Kristopher Clarke and Douglas Carlile,” and that Suckow intentionally killed Carlile.
The conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder for hire charges allege Henrikson was looking to hire the murder of three additional men: Jay Wright, Jed McClure and Tim Scott.