Man arrested in Boise murder

Posted at 9:32 AM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-07 00:26:49-05

A 30-year-old man is facing first degree murder charges after police say he killed 20-year-old Ryan Banks not far from Boise State University.

"I heard the gunshots, and all of my friends live up there," said Juliet LaFave a friend and neighbor of the victim. "Ryan was very nice and a very humble person."

Police say 30-year-old Adam Bodenbach was high on meth when he pulled the trigger.

It happened just after midnight at an apartment complex just blocks away from B.S.U. According to prosecutors, the confrontation started as an argument and then escalated into a fist fight before turning deadly.

"He had a gun out, and, from 5 to 6 feet away, he shot the victim. After he shot him, he says, "You think I was bluffing, see what you (expletive) get," said Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Ben Harmen during Bodenbach’s arraignment.

Ada County prosecutors told the judge Bodenbach admitted to the crime in an interview with police.

Investigators say Bodenbach claims Banks tried to attack him with a knife, but police did not find that knife on the victim.

While the apartment where the murder happened is a stone's throw from Boise State, a university spokesperson says neither man was a student there.

Bodenbach is no stranger to the law; he's been arrested several times in his home state of California.

"It's an immature thing for a 30-year-old man to act on a 20-year-old boy," said LaFave. "He hasn't even lived his life yet he's just a kid."

Bodenbach's bond has been set at $1,000,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 20.