Saying the suspect acted with “premeditated intent,” the King County Prosecuting Attorney has filed a charge of first degree murder against 29-year-old Dinh Bowman in the August 31st shooting death of Capitol Hill wine steward Yancy Noll. CHS reported on early evidence collected by police on Bowman including what prosecutors have called a sophisticated effort to conceal his Z4 BMW convertible and the suspect’s enthusiasm for guns.
Here is the statement on the charges from the prosecutor’s office:
Charges filed in North Seattle murder–A charge of Murder in the First Degree was filed today against ThomasDinh Bowman, who is accused in the August 31 slaying of Yancy Noll in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood.
Bowman, 29, pulled up in his BMW convertible and allegedly fired several shots at Noll, who was in his car stopped at a red light at 15th and N.E. 75th Avenue. The murder charge includes a firearm sentencing enhancement. If convicted as charged, the sentence range is 25 to 31 years in prison. Arraignment is scheduled for October 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse, courtroom 1201. Bowman is being held without bail.
The charging document embedded below includes details of the anonymous caller who first tipped police earlier this month starting a week of surveillance of Bowman before his arrest on Friday.
Noll is remembered as a friendly face at the Broadway Market QFC where he worked as wine steward since 2010. He was an avid outdoorsman. Noll was shot to death just minutes from his North Seattle apartment. He turned 43 earlier this year.
Following Saturday’s hearing when Bowman was denied bail, prosecutor Scott O’Toole told CHS his office was weighing whether evidence would support a more serious first degree charge against a second degree charge for a more impulsive crime.
The charging documents provide greater detail on evidence collected by SPD to date including more information about detective interviews with the suspect’s wife about the couple’s actions following the Friday night murder. Detectives have not yet found the gun that was used in the murder and details about what happened in the moments before Noll was shot to death at the intersection are still not clear.
Bowman remains held without bail. His next court appearance comes in early October.