A Renton man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after authorities say he killed a 26-year-old woman because he believed she had damaged his car.
Jowanna Gooden, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was found dead near the Burke-Gilman Trail, in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, on Oct. 4.
Uriel Boyd has been held in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest on Nov. 26.
According to the charges:
On the night of Oct. 3, Boyd, who also goes by the name “Duane,” was seen by a witness talking to Gooden at the R-Bar & Grill on 116th Avenue Southeast in Renton.
Detectives got a search warrant for Boyd’s phone records and determined that he received a phone call at 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 3 while near the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue North, which is about five blocks from where Gooden’s body was found. Officers found a single 9 mm shell casing near her feet, as well as a nearly empty can of 211 Steel Reserve beer nearby, the charges allege.
Detectives found the same brand of beer in Gooden’s apartment, along with a pizza she’d purchased within hours of her death.
Police say Boyd drove Gooden to Seattle and they argued after Boyd accused her of damaging his Ford Crown Victoria, the charges say. According to police, Boyd claimed he brandished a 9 mm gun to scare Gooden and the gun went off as he pointed it at her from less than two feet away, the charges allege.