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Tioga stabbing death trial opens in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - With jury selection taking most of Monday, attorneys in the trial for the death of a Michigan man will make their opening statements today in the Grand Forks County courthouse.

Fourteen jurors, including two alternates, were selected Monday — eight women and six men — in the murder trial of Ryan Neil Anderson, a Michigan man accused of stabbing his friend Christopher King twice in the abdomen and twice in the chest at a lodge near Tioga, northeast of Williston last year.

A judge moved the trial from Williston to Grand Forks because of concerns the media coverage would result in an unfair trial.

According to court documents, shortly before King was stabbed in the early morning hours of March 17, 2013, Anderson was involved in a physical altercation with his girlfriend at the Capitol Lodge located on U.S. Highway 2, near Tioga, according to court documents.

They were in a common area of the lodge, when Anderson allegedly stabbed King, who then collapsed in the lodge parking lot.

Anderson drove King to Tioga Medical Center, where King was pronounced dead and Anderson was arrested.

Anderson is charged with criminal attempted murder, a class A felony, and with murder, a class AA felony. Murder carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.