A suspect in the Aug. 31 killing of popular wine steward Yancy Noll was ordered held without bond at King County Jail Saturday after a judge was told that he had gone to great lengths to conceal possible evidence of the crime — including hiding his car, repainting its wheels, replacing glass that had been shot out of the passenger side, and changing all four tires.
Scott O’Toole, senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, asked Judge Pro Tem Kara Murphy not to release the suspect, Dinh Bowman, saying Bowman posed an extreme risk to the public.
O’Toole expected prosecutors would file charges of either first or second degree murder against Bowman by Tuesday.
Noll was sitting in his car at 15th Avenue Northeast and 75th Street at 7:26 p.m. Aug. 31 when a silver BMW Z4 convertible pulled up next to him and the driver fired five shots, three of which struck Noll in the side of the head. He died at Harborview Medical Center shortly thereafter.
A car matching Bowman’s had been closely described by witnesses to the crime. The shooting may have been a road rage incident, O’Toole said, but that is not known for sure.
Bowman, 29, was arrested Friday.
A search of his home in the 7400 block of 25th Avenue Northeast over the past two days turned up a gun room full of weapons and bullet making tools, but no hand gun similar to the one used to kill Noll — which police believe he discarded.
The refrigerator in his home also had a Post-It note reading “To the best shot in the wild west. Bang Bang,” from his wife.
- Video (uploaded by CapitolHillSeattle.com): Noll murder suspect at a shooting competition in 2011