Accused 'thrill killer' denies fascination with murder
SEATTLE -- The man charged in the shooting death of Seattle wine steward Yancy Noll told jurors on Monday he doesn't remember reading an online manual on how to avoid being arrested, but admits he destroyed most of the evidence after the August 2012 shooting.
Under cross examination, prosecutors allege the shooting death of Noll was a thrill kill and was fascinated with murder. Dihn Bowman testified it was self defense.
The Deputy Prosector painted a picture of a man with a fascination with murder. Bowman denied any wrongdoing, but to so many of Deputy Prosecutor Krisin Richardson's questions, he didn't answer, because he said he couldn't remember.
"The things that you forget, that you've done, are the things that are most damaging to you. Do you realize that?" asked Richardson
Bowman looked perplexed and replied, "I don't know what you're referring to."
Just three hours after the shooting, Richardson told the jury that Bowman was reading reference materials he stored on his computer on ways to avoid arrest. She said in the middle of night Bowman was creating a false identity.
Yancy Noll, who prosecutors say was found dead in his car at a North Seattle intersection with his hands still on the steering wheel in August of 2012, had been shot four times.
Richardson pointed out the "Death Dealers Manual" found on Bowman's computer told how shooting someone in the temple could result in death. Noll was shot in the temple.
The jury also learned that Bowman's computer contained material about gunshot residue.
"Can you think of any reason why you might have opened an article on gunshot residue in cars within hours of killing Yancy Noll?" asked Richardson.
At first, Bowman said most of the articles were downloaded in bulk for reference and that he didn't not necessarily read all of them. Here's part of that exchange:
Richardson: "Did you wipe it down to get ride of the gunshot residue on the seats?"
Bowman: "Maybe, I don't"
Richardson: "You don't remember that either?"
The defendant later admitted he cleaned his car with a vacuum and "maybe a towel" after the shooting.
Bowman testified that he deliberately destroyed or hid evidence, including grinding and throwing away part of the Glock handgun used in the shooting. He said he wanted to get rid of evidence because he didn't think police would believe that he was the victim of road rage.
"I was worried after the incident that I would be arrested and they would believe I was the bad guy," said Bowman.
Bowman told the jurors he was a victim of road rage that began just before 7:30 p.m, when he cut off Noll on I-5. He said an enraged Noll followed him to the North Seattle intersection. Bowman said Noll first threw a half empty water bottle into his car while his BMW's top was down. He testified Noll cursed at him, flipped him off and then hit him in the head when he threw a full bottle of wine at him. He insisted he feared for his life.
"I took out my Glock ... there was no aiming involved, no time, I only knew i needed to stop him," Bowman said.
Richardson asked him why he would get rid of the water and wine bottles, when they were evidence that would have proved he was a victim. He said he just wanted to get rid of everything associated with the shooting.
Under cross examination, the prosecutor told Bowman she believed he wanted to know what it was like to kill someone and had a fascination with murder.
"I don't believe that killing is right," said Bowman.
His parents were in the courtroom. His mother told us she believes her son is not guilty. Supporters of Yancy Noll also packed part of the courtroom. They said during a court break that they prefer to not comment until the case is resolved. Closing arguments are expected on Tuesday.