Dinh Bowman appeared in a King County Jail courtroom Saturday, his first appearance in front of a judge following his arrest Friday for investigation of the murder of Capitol Hill wine steward Yancy Noll.
Judge Kara Murphy agreed with a request for no bail in the hearing as the prosecutor outlined evidence police detectives say they have already collected including proof of the “sophistication” of Bowman’s effort to repair and conceal his Z4 convertible BMW and an online video reportedly showing Bowman progressing rapidly through a target course while firing one-handedly firing a .45 caliber handgun in a shooting competition.
King County Prosecutor deputy attorney Scott O’Toole said his office will decide by Tuesday whether to try the prosecution as a first-degree murder case or as a second-degree road rage murder case.
Noll, 43, was gunned down the night of August 31st just blocks from his apartment in what police have said has all the earmarks of a road rage murder. The Friday morning raid at a home only a few blocks from the intersection where Noll was killed came after a little more than a week of surveillance of the home by police, the prosecutor said.
According to police, an anonymous tip from a female caller alerted them to Bowman on September 12th. At that time, police began watching the home. Details of the behavior the detectives recorded are included in the probable cause statement, below. Police say that during the weeks between the shooting and the raid, Bowman kept a low profile while completing a series of repairs to the Z4 including having window glass repaired in Portland, Oregon and buying a new set of tires in Lynwood with his wife. The Z4 no longer appeared parked in front of the house as neighbors said it had prior to the shooting. Police said they found the car’s old tires and a hidden pistol clip for a 9mm handgun in the bathroom of a SoDo building used by Bowman’s company, Vague Industries. That company, by the way, was previously incorporated at an E Republican address when Bowman lived on Capitol Hill for a period before 2010. The prosecutor said police have also found that Bowman, who had a concealed weapon permit for a handgun, made his own bullets and kept a gun room in his home filled with weaponry.
According to police, a bullet from a 9mm handgun killed Noll. The prosecutor said that there is no evidence at this time connecting Bowman to Noll prior to the moments before the August 31st shooting. At this point, a murder weapon has not been found.
During the hearing, Judge Kara Murphy chastised the the 29-year-old Bowman for not taking the hearing seriously enough, saying he looked amused at times during the proceedings. Bowman’s defense represented by the office of John Henry Browne apologized and assured the judge that he did take the situation seriously and that Bowman is “very easily overwhelmed.” The Seattle Times reports that Bowman was a onetime child prodigy with “anger management” issues. The Times also has a chilling anecdote in its report on Saturday’s bail hearing regarding a post-it note found on the Bowmans’ refrigerator.
Here is the video the King County Prosecutor says police found showing Bowman at a 2011 shooting competition.
The King County Prosecutor has provided the “superform” document detailing Bowman’s arrest and information from interviews with witnesses, neighbors and his wife. Here is the probable cause statement from the document justifying his arrest and incarceration: