Lawyers will make the case Monday that the 30-year-old man jailed since October in the alleged road rage shooting death in North Seattle of Broadway QFC wine steward Yancy Noll should be freed on a reduced $1 million bail and released to home detention as the legal process around his trial unfolds.
Dinh Bowman has been held without bail since October when his defense attorney John Henry Browne entered a plea of not guilty on charges Bowman gunned down Noll in his vehicle just blocks from each of their homes. Browne’s legal team is now asking the court to set Bowman free as the legal process inches forward:
The first degree murder charges against Bowman could bring up to 31 years in prison if convicted.
“It would be difficult to overstate how strongly the state objects to Bowman’s release,” prosecutor Scott O’Toole told the Seattle Times about the request for bail.
Police say Bowman is an expert gunman who went to great lengths to try to cover up evidence in the case.
In its request for the $1 million bail, the defense team notes that Bowman has no criminal history and had a concealed-weapons permit for the firearms police found in his home. The document also includes letters from friends and acquaintances of Bowman — some of whom he met while dancing at Capitol Hill Century Ballroom — testifying to his character.