Accused hit man pleads not guilty in Doug Carlile murder



Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The man accused of shooting Doug Carlile to death in what may have been a murder-for-hire plot pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

KREM 2’s Hayley Guenthner reported Timothy Suckow, 50, appeared ‘soft-spoken’ during his court appearance.

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Investigators believe Suckow shot Doug Carlile in the kitchen of Carlile’s South Hill home the evening of Dec. 15, minutes after Carlile and his wife had come home from church.

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Detectives described the murder as execution style. They said it could potentially be related to some bad business dealings.

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Investigators said they found the phone number of a man named James Henrikson is Suckow’s phone. Henrikson was a business associate of Carlile’s who claimed Carlile owed him $1.88 million.  Henrikson, however, has not been charged with any murders.

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According to court documents, detectives also recovered a leather glove on a gate in the Carlile’s yard. The Washington State Patrol crime lab found Suckow’s DNA inside.  A list was also found reportedly describing an operations plan for the crime inside of Suckow’s car.  The list included a glove with a question mark next to it, a trench coat, two books, and a reminder to wipe tools down and to practice with a pistol.