Adam David Bodenbach leaned back in his wheelchair and yawned Friday afternoon as he was arraigned in the killing of a fellow resident of the Park Village Apartments near Boise State University.
Ryan Harrison Banks, 20, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, the Ada County Coroner’s Office said Friday afternoon.
Late Thursday night, Bodenbach, 30, was allegedly high on meth when he got into a fight in his apartment with Banks. Banks then went to his apartment, an Ada County deputy prosecutor said during Bodenbach’s video arraignment.
A witness to the confrontation returned to Bodenbach’s apartment and saw Bodenbach “frantically searching for his gun and knife,” the prosecutor said.
That witness went to Banks’ apartment, and then walked with Banks back toward Bodenbach’s apartment, allegedly planning “to make amends,” the prosecutor said.
As the witness and Banks walked in one direction, Bodenbach walked toward them with a handgun and reportedly said, “Did you think I was bluffing? See what you f------g get,” and shot Banks, the prosecutor said. Bodenbach was reportedly 5 or 6 feet away when he fired.
Bodenbach told investigators that Banks had an 18-inch knife and swung it at him, but the witness denied that and no knife was found on Banks, the prosecutor said.
Investigators did recover the handgun they believe was used in the shooting from Bodenbach’s apartment, and also found a bullet in Bodenbach’s pocket matching the bullets in that gun.
Judge James Cawthon set Bodenbach’s bond at $1 million and appointed a public defender for him. A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 20.
Neither police nor prosecutors said anything about Bodenbach being injured or explained why he was arraigned in a wheelchair.
The Park Village Apartments are at 989 Sherwood St., near Ann Morrison Park, just across Capitol Boulevard from BSU. The complex’s website presents it as an “off-campus student housing community,” but there is no initial sign that Bodenbach or the victim attend the university.
The shooting was reported at 12:09 a.m. Friday.
Coroner Dotti Owens said her office was notified of the death at 3:05 a.m. and asked to respond once the scene was secure. Banks was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 a.m.
Bodenbach was booked into the Ada County Jail on a first-degree murder charge and Banks’ body was taken by the Ada County Coroner’s Office.
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