A Sacramento County jury convicted Carl Devon Powell of first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of 24-year-old Keith McDade, manager of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Freeport Boulevard.
The jury also decided that Powell should receive the death penalty. Now 40 years old, he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
According to stories in The Bee, McDade, who managed the KFC outlet with his wife, was found dead in his car in the restaurant parking lot with a single bullet wound to the head Jan. 19, 1992. Under the seat of the car, police found a money bag still containing the day’s sales total of $1,700.
Powell had worked at the restaurant for about a year, but was fired shortly before the shooting after he failed to show up for work for several days. He also was convicted of three counts of grand theft that occurred while he was an employee at the restaurant.
Charges against two other men, who were accused of coaching Powell to kill McDade, were dismissed a week before Powell’s conviction because of insufficient evidence presented at trial. Nearly a month was spent selecting two juries, one for Powell and one for his co-defendants.