A couple arrested for attempted murder in Airway Heights last week will instead be charged with assault.
Elijah J. Boxley, 33, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday on a first-degree assault charge while his girlfriend, Molly E. Foote, 38, alias McBride, appeared on a second-degree assault charge.
The two were arrested Thursday after attacking Michael J. Martin, 46, in what they said was revenge because Martin raped Foote.
Detectives are investigating the rape allegation. Airway Heights police say Boxley and Foote attacked Martin with a knife in a car at a gas station at 220 S. Hayford Road in Airway Heights last week. Boxley allegedly struck Martin with his car.
Boxley told police he was "on fire and ready to go" after Foote said she'd been raped by Martin.
"It pretty much put me in a temporary insanity state when your best friend rapes your girlfriend," Boxley said, according to court documents.
Police found a machete, hatchet and several knives in Boxley's car and arrested the couple for attempted murder, but prosecutors filed the lesser charges on Monday.
Boxley and Foote remain in jail.