3 Foothills assault suspects appear at hearings; 2 have cases advanced to District Court

Top five criminal offenses in Ada County

Top five offenses in Ada County were determined from the Idaho State Police's Uniform Crime Reporting data.
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Top five offenses in Ada County were determined from the Idaho State Police's Uniform Crime Reporting data.

Three of the four suspects accused of brutally stabbing and beating a 20-year-old woman in the Boise Foothills last month appeared in court Thursday for their preliminary hearings.

Ada County Magistrate Judge John Hawley presided over the hearings for Justice Bowie, 20, of Boise; Brianna Brown, 21, of Nampa; and Cody C. Baker, 30, of Boise.

Kevin Ivey, 29, of Nampa, is also charged in the attack, but his preliminary hearing isn’t scheduled until Thursday, April 18.

The victim in the case told deputies that the group “beat her, stabbed her with a knife and a broken bottle, and then left her off the side of Sunset Peak Road while they drove away.” She had to walk several miles to a home for help, she told police.

Authorities have said that a motive in the case remains unclear.

Baker waived his preliminary hearing Thursday, so his case advances to District Court. In Bowie’s case, the judge ordered a mental health evaluation because he previously was declared unfit for trial in a forgery case. That charge has since been dismissed.

Bowie is charged with suspicion of aggravated battery, while Brown, Baker and Ivey are charged with suspicion of aiding and abetting aggravated battery.

Brown did not waive her preliminary hearing on Thursday, but after evidence was presented in the afternoon, the judge found probable cause to move her case forward to District Court.

All four suspects remain in custody at the Ada County Jail. Bowie, Brown and Ivey have bonds set at $500,000, while Baker’s is set at $250,000.

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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.