Bond Set At $1 Million For Stabbing Defendant

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bond was set at $1 million Tuesday for a man charged in connection with a stabbing his roommate to death at an oilfield crew camp.

Ryan Neil Anderson is charged with murder, a class AA felony, and attempted murder, a class A felony, in Williams County District Court for the death of Christopher King and the attempted stabbing of another man.

Anderson, 31, and King, 32, were longtime friends and roommates who moved to North Dakota from Michigan, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office has said.

Court records say:

A witness called authorities at 4:06 a.m. Sunday about a stabbing in a cabin of Capital Lodge near Tioga . Witness David Nardi told authorities Anderson had been in a physical altercation with Anderson’s girlfriend shortly before the stabbing.

Occupants of the housing unit intervened and there was another physical altercation. The fight ended, and everyone waited in the common area of the cabin for Anderson to go to bed.

Anderson went to his room. Surveillance video shows him returning with his hand in his sweatshirt pocket and then pulling out a knife.

King suffered four stab wounds, two the chest and two to the abdomen, from a Schrade “Black Ice” folding knife with a 3- to 4-inch blade, court records say.

King left the cabin but collapsed outside. A report from the North Dakota Forensic Medical Examiner’s Office says King died from a stab wound to the heart.

Authorities have said Anderson drove King to Tioga Medical Center, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was arrested. Prior to the altercation at the camp, the men had been drinking in Tioga, authorities said.

The attempted murder charge stems from allegations that Anderson tried to stab Nardi when Nardi attempted to stop the attack.

Nathan Madden, assistant Williams County state’s attorney, requested $1 million bond, pointing out that Anderson had failed to make a court appearance on a misdemeanor charge in 2003.

Anderson appeared in court without an attorney Tuesday. A woman who attended the hearing in support of Anderson declined to comment.

His next court appearance is scheduled for April 9.