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From North Dakota To Spokane: A Murder-For-Hire Plot

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New documents released on Wednesday paint a clearer picture of what transpired between Doug Carlile, his business associates, and what led to his eventual death in what police are calling a complicated murder-for-hire-plot. New documents released on Wednesday paint a clearer picture of what transpired between Doug Carlile, his business associates, and what led to his eventual death in what police are calling a complicated murder-for-hire-plot.
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New documents released on Wednesday paint a clearer picture of what transpired between Doug Carlile, his business associates, and what led to his eventual death in what police are calling a complicated murder-for-hire-plot. 

Among several other business ventures in North Dakota, Carlile wanted to buy a piece of land for oil development. So he got three men to invest in the property with him: John Wark, Bill Curtiss and James Hendrickson. With their pooled money they bought 640 acres of land for $2 million dollars. The problem was, they only had $1.6 million and were having trouble coming up with the remaining $400,000.

They were also having a hard time attracting additional investors to come up with the rest of the money and court documents show that Henrikson felt Doug Carlile was the reason. On the other side, Carlile felt Henrikson was the problem and was trying to buy Henrikson out, something Henrikson didn't want to happen because the land they bought potentially contained billions of dollars worth of oil. Records show the property next door was producing $250,000 a day in oil. 

Henrikson was in contact with two men in Spokane, Robert Delao and Todd Bates. Spokane Police say both men have extensive criminal histories that includes manslaughter and drug charges. 

In court documents, an informant told investigators he had heard Henrikson telling Bates that "this job will pay the same as the last." The informant believes the "last job" was a former business partner of Henrikson's who vanished and has not been seen since, Casey Clark. Henrikson was a suspect in the disappearance of Clark, but investigators were never able to get enough evidence to arrest him. 

So how did Timothy Suckow get involved with all of this?

Police say Suckow and Bates are well-aquatinted and Henrikson wanted Carlile dead. Investigators think Henrikson talked with his "enforcer" Todd Bates, who then contacted his friend Timothy Suckow and hired him to kill Doug Carlile in his home on December 15th, 2013. 

Evidence collected at the scene of the crime includes a glove that was recovered in the backyard that police say was covered with Suckow's DNA. 

A raid of a garage owned by a co-worker of Suckow's yielded about 20 guns belonging to Suckow, and police think the murder weapon may be among them. 

The FBI also raided James Henrikson's house in North Dakota on Wednesday, but they have not released what they found during that search. 

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