By: Kip Hill, Spokesman-Review (Spokane)
SPOKANE, Wash. – A second arrest has been made in a Spokane murder-for-hire case which investigators have connected to a man being held on weapons charges in North Dakota.
Spokane police arrested 33-year-old Robby Wahrer after informants came forward, telling investigators Wahrer admitted to driving the white van caught on security cameras near the shooting scene in December. Through cellphone record searches, investigators also determined Wahrer and accused killer Timothy Suckow texted and called each other frequently in the hours before and after Doug Carlile was shot to death on Dec. 15, according to court documents.
Suckow, 50, faces a first-degree murder charge in Carlile’s death. Also mentioned in the investigation is a former business associate of Carlile’s, James Henrikson, who is being held in a North Dakota jail on federal firearms charges.
Wahrer, 33, faces a charge of second-degree murder. He told two people who came forward to police that he thought the man he drove to Carlile’s home was only going to break his legs or kneecaps. Wahrer told the informants he was puzzled by the length of time he waited in the van for his passenger to emerge.
Wahrer did not mention Suckow’s name to the two informants, according to court documents.
Court records show Wahrer, an eight-time convicted felon, was arrested in November for allegedly selling methamphetamine. He missed a court appearance Dec. 11, four days before the shooting, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He was picked up by police Dec. 17. Suckow posted bond for Wahrer on Christmas Eve, according to court documents.
Investigators allege Suckow broke into Carlile’s home, then shot and killed him as he arrived home from church with his wife. Suckow has pleaded not guilty.
Investigators believe Suckow carried out the killing at the request of Henrikson, who was owed money by Carlile for oil speculating deals on the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota.
An extended cab, white van was caught on surveillance cameras at a nearby elementary school pulling up to and leaving the scene. DNA evidence found on a dropped glove linked Suckow to the crime. In court filings earlier this week, investigators indicated more arrests in the case were coming.
Wahrer faces charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second degree murder. He was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.