Crime

Boise man charged with first-degree murder in January stabbing

Michael Downs.
Michael Downs.

A Boise man accused of stabbing his friend in January is charged with first-degree murder as of Wednesday, according to court documents.

Michael Ryan Downs, 25, of Boise was initially charged with aggravated battery, accused of stabbing his friend Daniel Ridgeway with an 8-inch kitchen knife Jan. 5. Prosecutors did not disclose when Ridgeway died, but in court April 12, talked about planning to revise the charge.

Downs’ bond was also increased from $50,000 to $500,000 on March 30. Someone close to the Ridgeway family told the Statesman Ridgeway died in late March.

A prosecutor said Downs was under a methamphetamine-induced psychosis when he attacked Ridgeway. The incident occured at a Foothills home around the area of Windsong Drive and Toluka Way at about 5 a.m.

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