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Published March 20, 2013, 10:24 AM

Bond set at $1M for Michigan suspect in North Dakota homicide

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for a Michigan man accused of stabbing his friend to death at an oil field crew camp in western North Dakota.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been set at $1 million for a Michigan man accused of stabbing his friend to death at an oil field crew camp in western North Dakota.

Ryan Anderson, 31, is charged with murdering Christopher King, 32, after an alcohol-fueled dispute early Sunday. Anderson also faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly trying to stab another man during the argument at the Capital Lodge crew camp between Ray and Tioga.

Court documents indicate King and others at the housing camp intervened in a fight between Anderson and his girlfriend, and Anderson allegedly stabbed King four times, according to The Forum and the Williston Herald. An autopsy concluded King died from a knife wound to the heart.

Anderson and King were longtime friends who moved from Michigan to work in North Dakota's oil fields, authorities said. They had been drinking in Tioga prior to the Sunday altercation, and Anderson drove King from the crew camp to a Tioga hospital after the stabbing, according to the Williams County Sheriff's Office. King was pronounced dead at the hospital and Anderson was arrested there.

Anderson appeared in court Tuesday without an attorney, The Forum reported. Court documents do not list an attorney for him. He is due back in court April 9. Court documents indicate he might enter pleas at that time.

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