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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Is man arrested in girlfriend’s ax slaying in Camino still in prison?

Q: Randy Lane Kidwell of Pollock Pines was convicted of murdering a woman in the early ’90s. Is he still in prison?

Debbie, Sacramento

A: Randy Lane Kidwell was arrested in January 1995, accused of killing his former live-in girlfriend with an ax.

An online roster of California prison inmates shows a Randy L. Kidwell, now 53, was admitted to the prison system in March 1996 and is at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.

According to stories The Sacramento Bee, Shawn Deneen Meadors, 30, was found dead in her trailer in rural Camino on Jan. 10, 1995, by her 8-year-old daughter, who had returned from a two-day visit with relatives. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials said Meadors had been struck in the head and neck, apparently with an ax.

Kidwell reportedly had threatened several months earlier to cut up Meadors with an ax, prompting Meadors to get a restraining order against him. But family members told investigators that Kidwell had moved back in with Meadors 10 days before her death.

When Meadors’ body was found, Kidwell was already being held in El Dorado County Jail. Sheriff’s officials said he was arrested after allegedly threatening people with an ax and trying to break into a state Department of Transportation truck at the California Highway Patrol weigh station on Highway 50 in Camino. When he was apprehended at the weigh station, authorities said, his clothes were spattered with blood and the ax handle showed red stains.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.