This afternoon, the suspect in the August 31 shooting death of Yancy Noll made his first appearance before a judge.
Dinh Bowman, 29, was arrested at his home in Ravenna on Friday morning. His car, a silver BMW Z4 convertible, was towed out of his garage shortly after.
Fellow Seattle Times Newspartner, Capitol Hill Seattle (CHS), was there in the courtroom today:
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.
According to CHS, police began watching Bowman’s home on September 12, after an anonymous female caller alerted them to the home. It was during this time (between the night of the shooting and Friday’s raid on the home) that Bowman was witnessed behaving like someone going to “great lengths to conceal possible evidence of the crime” (Seattle Times article about today’s court appearance). These behaviors included:
- Neighbors noting that Bowman and his car, normally parked in the driveway, had not been seen lately.
- Recent repairs made to the Z4, including new passenger-side window glass (repaired in Portland, Oregon) and all new tires (from a store in Lynnwood).
- Photos of Bowman (in profile and with large sunglasses) found online matching the composite sketch of the suspect.
These and other details of the incriminating behavior that SPD investigators used to justify Bowman’s arrest can be found in the CHS post and this probable cause statement obtained by CHS (Flickr link).
Prosecutors are expected to file charges of either first degree murder or second degree road rage murder against Bowman by Tuesday, September 25, says CHS.
UPDATE (6:32 PM): Here’s KING 5′s story on today’s courtroom appearance.
UPDATE (Sunday, September 23): And here’s KIRO 7′s story on the courtoom appearance.