Illegal weapons trial pushed back for ND man questioned in murder
BISMARCK -- Trial for a Watford City man who faces federal charges for illegal weapons possession and has been questioned in an alleged murder-for-hire in Washington state has been postponed until November because of his attorney's health.
BISMARCK - Trial for a Watford City man who faces federal charges for illegal weapons possession and has been questioned in an alleged murder-for-hire in Washington state has been postponed until November because of his attorney’s health.
James Terry Henrikson, 35, was scheduled to go to trial Sept. 23 in U.S. District Court in Bismarck. He has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felon in possession of ammunition related to a search of his Watford City home in January.
In a motion filed Sept. 3, Henrikson asked Judge Daniel Hovland to continue the trial because his attorney, 68-year-old Tom Tuntland of Mandan, broke both bones in his lower right leg on July 24 and his doctor had advised him not to return to work yet.
Hovland granted the motion and set Nov. 18 as the new date for the trial, expected to last three days.
Investigators have 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, Wash., home, but haven’t charged him in the case.
Another man, Timothy Suckow, has been charged with Carlile’s murder.
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.