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Forum News Service, Published February 10 2014

Watford City man pleads not guilty to weapons charge

BISMARCK - A Watford City man with connections to a suspected murder-for-hire case in Washington state pleaded not guilty Monday to felony weapons charges in U.S. District Court here.

James Terry Henrikson, 34, was originally charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

That charge was dismissed after a grand jury indicted him in late January on seven counts of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of felon in possession of ammunition. Henrikson pleaded not guilty to all eight charges on Monday.

A jury trial is set for April 1. Henrikson is being held in federal custody without bail.

Court documents filed in Washington suggest investigators believe Henrikson may have hired 50-year-old Timothy Suckow to kill Henrikson’s estranged business partner, Doug Carlile, who was found shot to death Dec. 15 in his Spokane, Wash., home.

Suckow is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, but Henrikson has not been charged in the case.