A judge this morning set bail at $10 million for a Seattle man charged in the August shooting death of motorist Yancy Noll.
Defendant Dinh Bowman, 30, had previously been held without bail. Defense lawyers John Henry Browne and Emma Scanlan wanted Bowman’s bail to be set at $1 million bail.
Scanlan, in a memorandum for bail, said Bowman had a concealed-weapons permit. “The State has not and cannot show by clear and convincing evidence that Mr. Bowman has a propensity for violence and that he presents a substantial likelihood of danger to the community,” the memorandum read. “A person’s mere posession of guns is also insufficient to show a propensity for violence.”
The defense attorneys submitted 11 letters from friends of Bowman to support their push for him to be released on bail. In the letters, friends described Bowman as “thoughful,” “kind” and “generous.”
Prosecutors objected to Bowman’s release from jail and believe he will not be able to post the high bail.
Bowman is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm in the fatal shooting of Noll, a QFC wine steward, at a North Seattle intersection on Aug. 31. He has pleaded not guilty.
Bowman 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.
After seeing a Crime Stoppers bulletin with a sketch of the gunman’s profile, an anonymous caller provided Bowman’s name and address and said Bowman had anger-management issues, according to the charging documents. The caller also said Bowman drove a silver BMW like the one described in the shooting and likely owned a gun.
Bowman’s house is a half-mile from where Noll was shot.