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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to ex-employee who killed Sacramento KFC manager in 1990s?

Q: In the early 1990s, the manager of a KFC restaurant on Freeport Boulevard, I believe, was killed by a former employee. What ever happened to the suspect?

Eric, Sacramento

A: Carl Devon Powell was convicted 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 42 years old, he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, McDade, who managed the KFC outlet with his wife, was found dead in his car in the restaurant parking Jan. 19, 1992. He had a single bullet wound to the head.

Under the seat of the car, police found a money bag that still contained $1,700, the day’s sales total. McDade was about to deposit the money when Powell began a conversation about getting his job back, according to court testimony.

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. Two juries were selected for the trial, one for Powell and one for his co-defendants.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy