One suspect in brutal Foothills attack had been declared incompetent just days before

From left: Cody Baker, Justice Bowie, Brianna Brown, Kevin Ivey
From left: Cody Baker, Justice Bowie, Brianna Brown, Kevin Ivey Ada and Canyon County jails

A man accused of brutally stabbing a 20-year-old woman, stomping on her and beating her with a rock in the Boise Foothills was released from jail just four days before the March 17 attack because he was declared incompetent for trial.

Justice Bowie, 20, of Boise, appeared in court Thursday on an aggravated battery charge, along with two of his three co-defendants in the case.

Ada County Magistrate Judge John Hawley heard from Bowie’s attorney, J.W. Bond, for a scheduled preliminary hearing, which was later postponed until April 11. Bond told the judge that Bowie had been declared incompetent for trial in a pending forgery case and that the lawyer expected that Bowie would again be found incompetent in this case.

Bowie was facing a forgery charge in Ada County, filed Jan. 23, for allegedly using a counterfeit $100 bill.

“We foresee Mr. Bowie going to a state facility,” Bond said in court Thursday.

Bowie was released from the Ada County Jail on March 13 with the promise that he would return to court on April 3 for his next hearing in the forgery case. The Foothills assault occurred on or about March 17.

Under Idaho Code, a defendant must be competent to assist in their own defense before trial may proceed. Competency evaluations are commonly ordered in cases in which the defendant is believed to be mentally ill.

Brianna Brown, 21, of Nampa, and Cody C. Baker, 30, of Boise, also appeared in court Thursday on aiding or abetting aggravated battery charges. Both of those hearings were also postponed until April 11.

A fourth suspect, Kevin Ivey, 29, did not appear in court, but he is also charged with abetting aggravated battery for his alleged role in the assault. Ivey is being held at the Canyon County jail.

The attack occurred off of Sunset Rim Road, where authorities say the victim was punched, stomped on and stabbed with both a knife and broken beer bottle. The suspects, who were known to the victim, then left her in the Foothills, and she was forced to walk to a nearby residence for help with life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors previously said the victim suffered a lacerated liver and had to have surgery.

The motive for the assault remains unclear.

According to criminal complaint documents, Bowie is allegedly responsible for stabbing the victim, hitting her in the head with a rock, stomping on her and punching her.

Baker is accused of driving the victim to the Foothills, and Baker reportedly admitted to stomping on the victim’s head, punching the victim and holding her down while she was stabbed.

Brown is accused of serving as a “lookout” while the men assaulted the victim. The criminal complaint against her alleges that she also “enticed” or “encouraged” the men to harm or kill the victim, and helped lure the victim to the area where the assault occurred.

Ivey’s criminal complaint was not publicly available as of Thursday morning. The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Ivey had been charged with aiding and abetting aggravated battery and was waiting for transport from the Canyon County jail.

Baker remains in custody at the Ada County Jail with bond set at $250,000. Bowie and Brown are also at the Ada County Jail with bond set at $500,000 each.

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Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.