The man charged with first degree murder in the North Seattle shooting death of Capitol Hill wine steward Yancy Noll will return to court Monday morning to enter his plea. King County Courthouse courtroom 1201 is expected to be full of Noll’s loved ones, friends and supporters.
Here is a message posted to the Yancy Noll Memorial page:
Prosecuting attorney Scott O’Toole wants a full courtroom on October 8th, for the arraignment of Yancy Noll’s accused killer. He wants to show the judge how wide a circle Yancy touched. How big a hole this criminal left in our community. If you knew Yancy, or knew someone who knew him, or even if you just generally have a good opinion of wine stewards, hell, wine even! There! If you like wine and are upset at the absence of a good answer man about vino, come to the King County Superior Court in Seattle at 8:30am on Monday October 8th. Follow the crowd to the courtroom. This man’s loving reach into our community was longer and wider than any one of us knows. I will be there.
Thomasdinh Bowman, 29, was arrested late last month following weeks of investigation and surveillance of his North Seattle home just blocks from where Noll was gunned down in what police say appears to be a road rage murder. Witnesses helped police develop a detailed sketch of the suspect and provided a description of the BMW convertible Z4 seen speeding away from the shooting scene at 15th Ave NE and 75th. An anonymous tip on September 12th lead to Bowman.
In charging the 29-year-old with first degree murder, prosecutors say Bowman acted with “premeditated intent” on August 31st and then proceeded to undertake a “sophisticated” effort to cover up his crime including overhauling his car to replace a window broken in the shooting and replacing the car’s distinctive tires while managing to stay out of the public’s view as a search for Noll’s killer continued.
Prosecutors say Bowman is an avid and talented gunman and referenced a Flickr video posted to an account traced to him showing Bowman steadily progressing through a gun course during a 2011 shooting competition. “1st Place,” the video reads. That video has since been removed from Flickr. CHS secured and posted a version of the minute-long clip here.
We have posted the complete charging documentation for the case here.
Police found a gun room at the North Seattle house Bowman shares with his wife. Prosecutors have said the 9mm pistol used to kill Noll has not been found but a slide clip from that type of pistol was found at Bowman’s Vague Industries.
At this point, no additional arrests or charges have been made in the case. A review of documents filed in the first degree murder case reveal little new information though Bowman’s full defense team is listed:
John Henry Browne is a prominent Seattle defense attorney “known equally for his zeal in representing his clients and his flair before television cameras,” according to the Associated Press.
If convicted, prosecutors say Bowman, a former child prodigy and onetime resident of the E Republican Melrose Terrace co-op building, will face up to 31 years in prison.
Noll is remembered as a friendly face at the Broadway Market QFC where he worked as wine steward since 2010. He turned 43 earlier this year.
A message on the memorial page says Yancy Noll’s supporters are planning to wear ribbons to Monday morning’s arraignment hearing. They will be green, Noll’s favorite color.