Iron River man charged with murdering friend

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bond has been set at $1 million for an Iron River man accused of stabbing to death his friend and roommate at an oil field crew camp in western North Dakota.

Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Anderson of Iron River is charged with murdering 32-year-old Christopher King of Iron River after an alcohol-fueled dispute early Sunday, and attempted murder for allegedly trying to stab another man.

Authorities say Anderson and King were longtime friends who moved from the Upper Peninsula to work in North Dakota’s oil fields.

Sgt. Detective Caleb Fry of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at about 4 a.m. MDT Sunday at the Capital Lodge crew camp located east of Ray, N.D.

According to Fry, Anderson allegedly used a folding knife to stab King twice in the chest and twice in the stomach region.

Fry said that Anderson drove King to the Tioga Medical Center, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was apprehended. Anderson is being held on a felony charge of murder.

The Williston Herald reports that court documents indicate King and others at the crew camp intervened in a fight between Anderson and his girlfriend early Sunday, and Anderson allegedly stabbed King four times.

Anderson also has an open arrest warrant out of Iron County for failure to appear on an aggravated assault case.