Road rage or thrill killing? Trial for murder of Yancy Noll begins

Nov 19, 2014, 7:34 AM | Updated: 4:40 pm
Dinh Bowman (pictured) is accused of killing Yancy Noll at an intersection in Seattle’s Roose...
Dinh Bowman (pictured) is accused of killing Yancy Noll at an intersection in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood, August 31, 2012. (Photo: KIRO Radio/Tim Haeck)
(Photo: KIRO Radio/Tim Haeck)

Jurors were told that the shooting death of a Seattle man waiting for a traffic signal was the act of a stranger obsessed with murder.

In opening statements Wednesday, King County Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy said, at first, police thought the killing of Yancy Noll on August 31, 2012 was road rage. There was no other explanation.

“No one imagined that a person would kill a complete stranger in broad daylight for no reason,” McCoy said.

Three gunshots struck Noll in the head, killing the grocery store wine steward.

Witnesses led police to Dinh Bowman, who lived nearby in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Police said after the shooting, Bowman changed out his tires, replaced a window in his silver BMW Z-4, and dismantled his gun.

A search of Bowman’s computer found large amounts of material about how to commit murder. The prosecutor claims journal entries show Bowman fantasized about being a hit man.

The defense called that material irrelevant and said this is a case of road rage and a case of self-defense.

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Road rage or thrill killing? Trial for murder of Yancy Noll begins