WILLISTON, N.D. (WWJ/AP) – A judge has denied a bond-reduction request from a man accused of murdering his roommate at an oil field crew camp in North Dakota.
Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Anderson is charged with murdering 32-year-old Christopher King, and attempted murder for allegedly trying to stab another man after an alcohol-fueled dispute March 17. Authorities say Anderson and King were longtime friends who moved from Michigan to work in Williams County’s oil fields.
The Williston Herald reports that defense attorney Nicole Foster asked that Anderson’s bond be reduced to $25,000, saying Anderson stabbed King in self-defense. Prosecutor Nathan Madden said Anderson has a history of failing to appear for court. Judge David Nelson kept bond for Anderson at $1 million.
According to court documents, the stabbing happened following a physical fight between Anderson and his girlfriend. King and others at the Capital Lodge crew camp intervened in the fight, which led to another altercation where Anderson allegedly stabbed King four times with a hunting knife — twice in the chest and twice in the abdomen, court records show. Anderson reportedly attempted to stab another man in the chest as well.
After the stabbing, authorities say Anderson drove King to a hospital, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was arrested.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9.
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