SPOKANE, Wash.--Murder victim Doug Carlile’s business partner in the oil field development company was contacted just three hours after Carlile was shot to death in his South Hill home.
James Henrikson told police he already knew about Carlile’s death via text message from a business associate.
Henrikson claimed he and Carlile had an oil lease together but he had nothing to with his murder.
Henrikson refused to give a detective his address when he was asked to on the night of the murder. He eventually gave in.
Henrikson said a man named Tim Scott had texted him informing him of Carlile’s death.
Scott is a businessman who introduced Carlile to Henrikson many years prior to Carlile’s death. Scott is also familiar to Carlile’s wife.
Henrikson denied any involvement in the shooting or every threatening Carlile. He said Carlile did not pay the money he owed people and he was frustrated by it. Henrikson admitted to being very angry with Carlile because his partner owed him nearly $2 million. He denied having business problems in North Dakota.
Henrikson was not identified by police as a suspect or person of interest in the murder of Carlile as of Tuesday night.