SPOKANE, Wash-- Court documents revealed Tuesday that murder victim, Douglas Carlile, had a number of business partners working in the oil industry of North Dakota. Many of them had lengthy criminal histories.
In 2012, Carlile agreed to invest in mineral rights on hundreds of acres of land in North Dakota, believed to be full of oil. It was a joint investment with several other business partners including John Wark, Bill Curtiss, and James Henrikson.
Henrikson allegedly promised to run the company in the background. Court documents reveal Henrikson had a lengthy criminal history and was under federal investigation for defrauding another North Dakota energy company out of millions.
Additionally, the documents show Henrikson employed several other criminals.
One of them, Robert Delao had multiple convictions in Spokane including drug distribution and manslaughter. Another employee of Henrikson, Todd Bates, was also convicted in Spokane for theft, drug charges and assault.
At the time of his death, Carlile was reportedly trying to find more investors to fund drilling on the oil field.
Investor Doug Helton, from Mid-Mountain Machinery in Spokane, allegedly put forward millions of dollars and was never paid back.
Of all the investors, Stan Dedmon from Texas, told police he intended to begin drilling on the 640 acre plot of land. Exxon had previously began drilling on three surrounding sides. It is believed to hold billions of dollars worth of oil.