Newly released court documents indicate that the murder of a South Hill businessman was a hired hit.

KREM 2 reports that a co-conspirator listed in the documents contacted suspect Timothy Suckow for the job and that Suckow was promised $20,000 to kill Douglas Carlile.

The co-conspirator says Carlile's business associate, James Henrikson, offered the money for the hit because he was angry at Carlile.

The co-conspirator further told investigators he received a text from Suckow just after Carlile's murder last December that said, "Tell the boss to watch the news."

Investigators said cell records appeared to back that up.

Suckow told detectives that Henrikson didn't pay him the promised money.

Henrikson has not been charged in this case.