SPOKANE, Wash.—The man accused of murdering Douglas Carlile faced a judge Tuesday as prosecutors try to decide whether to push for the death penalty.
Timothy Suckow was arrested in January for the December shooting death of Carlile. He faces an aggravated murder charge which could send him to death row if he is convicted.
Prosecutors have until March 13th to decide whether to pursue the death penalty.
Prosecutors have already had 30 days, which is standard. They requested 60 days to decide. However, the judge ruled that prosecutors would only receive two extra weeks to made a decision.
Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker said his office has not decided yet on the matter. In early February, Governor Jay Inslee put all executions on hold.
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Suckow’s lawyers want the death penalty option off of the table.
Authorities believe Suckow killed Carlile as part of a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by Carlile’s business partner, James Henrikson. Henrikson was arrested on unrelated weapons charges. He is currently awaiting trial in North Dakota.
Suckow’s criminal past includes two burglary arrest in the 1980s. Court documents also showed he has a troubled past with mental illness. Documents showed a history of devil worshipping and self-destructive behavior. Suckow was admitted to Eastern State hospital in 1984. He later spent time in other hospitals in Minnesota, Kansas and California. He was released in 1989.