Dinh Bowman, 29, pleaded not guilty to first degree murder with a firearm.
Dozens of Noll’s friends attended the brief arraignment hearing at the King County Courthouse, many wearing buttons featuring a photo of the slain man and the slogan, “Cheers to Yancy Noll.”
Brad Kenny, who was friends with Noll for 22 years, said they believe that police and prosecutors have the right suspect in custody.
“We do believe justice will be served,” Kenny said.
Bowman, who was charged with murder late last month, is accused of pulling his car alongside Noll’s vehicle at a stoplight and firing five times, striking Noll three times in the head, according to charging documents. A 9-mm bullet casing was found next to Noll’s car, a spent bullet was found in his dashboard and another bullet, shot through a window, was found inside a nearby house, the papers say.
A tipster apparently gave Seattle police detectives key information they needed to make the arrest. The anonymous caller had seen a Crime Stoppers bulletin, featuring a sketch of the gunman’s profile that was created from witness descriptions, according to charging documents.
The caller provided Bowman’s name and address and said Bowman had anger-management issues, according to the charging papers. The caller also said Bowman drove a silver BMW like the one described in the shooting and likely owned a gun, the papers say. The caller also told a detective that Bowman “might be capable of committing such a crime.”
Bowman’s house is just over a half-mile from the intersection where Noll was shot. Police records and Facebook indicated Bowman had a weapons permit.
Noll, 43, was a wine steward at the Capitol Hill QFC.
Bowman is being held in the King County Jail.