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Renton man charged with second-degree murder in early October shooting

A 32-year-old Renton man with multiple felony convictions has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Renton woman who was found dead in early October near the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle.

Arraignment for Uriel Dashawn Boyd is 8:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at the King County Courthouse in Seattle. He's being held in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle on $1 million bail.

He was also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

In asking for the $1 million bail, prosecutors wrote in charging documents that Boyd admitted he sold cocaine to the victim, Jowanna Alexis Gooden, 26, and then shot her in the head with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in a dispute over damage to his car.

"The defendant's actions and his repeated unlawful possession of a firearm demonstrate the extreme danger he poses," prosecutors wrote in charging documents.

The medical examiner ruled Gooden's death a homicide; she died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Seattle detectives confirmed she lived at the Stonebrook apartments on Petrovitsky Road in Renton.

The investigation was done by Seattle Police Department detectives and SWAT, in cooperation with Renton Police detectives, who provided details about Renton cases involving Gooden and Boyd.

Boyd was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the 17700 block of Benson Road South in Renton after a weeks-long investigation that included surveillance at the Emerald Heights apartment complex where he lived.

Inside his apartment investigators found cocaine after his arrest, according to charging documents.

Two individuals driving by on Northlake Way in north Seattle at about 4:25 a.m. Oct. 4 saw a body lying on the trail about 20 feet north of the road. They stopped, then called 911.

Boyd told detectives he and Gooden drove to the area of Gasworks Park in Seattle after meeting up with her at a bar in the Cascade area of Renton. He admitted he brandished the 9 mm handgun to scare her; he claimed she damaged his car.

"The gun went off," he told investigators as he stood less than two feet from Gooden. He threw the gun off a bridge into the water while driving back to his apartment in Renton, according to charging documents.

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