SPOKANE, Wash.--Court documents released Tuesday showed Douglas Carlile had many business dealings that connect him to the North Dakota oil industry. One of those connections is with a man who has a long criminal history, and allegedly threatened him according to Carlile’s family.
Police said James Henrikson helped convince Carlile to invest in two business ventures in North Dakota two years ago. Those ventures were a trucking company and an oil field development company.
Court documents show the projects began to struggle financially, with Henrikson claiming Carlile owed him nearly $2 million in December.
It was a multi-million dollar project to purchase mineral rights on more than 600 acres in Northern North Dakota. It was not long before several investors wanted out. Court documents show Carlile was trying to get money to pay off the trucking business and sign it over to Henrikson.
Henrikson lives in North Dakota and has a lengthy criminal history, including theft, fraud and accusations of a violent rape.
Carlile’s wife told police that Henrikson was furious about being bought out. One of Carlile’s sons told authorities that he showed up at his work in the summer of 2013 and demanded $400,000, saying they were all in business with some very bad people. Carlile’s son also said that Henrikson said that if Carlile did not pay up, something bad could happen to his family.
The son said he was extremely concerned over the threats and believes Henrikson had the ability to harm him.
Carlile’s sons said Carlile told them, “if I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise you’ll let everyone know, James Henrikson did it.”
Police tied Henrikson to the shooting suspect, Tim Suckow. Henrikson’s phone number was found in Suckow’s cell phone.
Court documents showed Henrikson is a considered a suspect in another man’s disappearance and possible death. Henrikson’s operations manager, Casey Clark, has been missing for two years. No one was ever arrested in that case.
Detectives spoke with Henrikson on the phone three hours after Carlile’s murder.
Henrikson told authorities he was in North Dakota during the phone call, but declined to provide an address.
He stated that he was aware that Carlile had been shot. Henrikson said another man had texted him about Carlile’s murder. Henrikson admitted to being angry with Carlile over their oil lease. He also claimed that Carlile did not pay people the money that they were owed. He told authorities that Carlile owed him $1.88 million.
Henrikson denied killing Carlile and threatening him.
Detectives stated in court records that they had received a tip about Henrikson from an acquaintance. The man told authorities that he overheard Henrikson telling a business associate named Elton Hynson, “this job would pay the same as the last job.” The acquaintance believed the last job was a reference to a man named Casey Clark according to court documents.
The acquaintance described Hynson as Henrikson’s muscle in North Dakota. He claimed that Henrikson used Hynson to intimidate and beat up people that were causing Henrikson problems.
Henrikson has not been named by Spokane Police as a suspect or person of interest in the Carlile murder case.