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Published April 25, 2013, 01:26 PM

Bond reduced for suspect in crew camp stabbing

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been cut in half to $500,000 for a 31-year-old Michigan man accused of stabbing his friend to death last month at an oil field crew camp in western North Dakota.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Bond has been cut in half to $500,000 for a 31-year-old Michigan man accused of stabbing his friend to death last month at an oil field crew camp in western North Dakota.

Ryan Anderson is charged with murdering 32-year-old Christopher King after an alcohol-fueled dispute at the Capital Lodge crew camp between Ray and Tioga.

The Williston Herald reports that District Judge Joshua Rustad found probable cause to move forward on the murder charge during a hearing Wednesday at the Williams County Courthouse. Anderson pleaded not guilty.

The judge dismissed an attempted murder charge, which Anderson had faced for allegedly trying to stab another man.

Authorities say that Anderson and King were longtime friends who moved from Michigan to work in North Dakota's oil fields.

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