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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to father, son accused of 2003 shooting death at Taco Bell?

Q: Any information on the outcome of the father and son Taco Bell murder? I believe the last name was King.

Steve, Sacramento

A: Three people were convicted of murder and attempted murder in the August 2003 shooting death of 24-year-old Allen Qualls and the wounding of another man.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Qualls was mortally wounded about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 20 as he sat in a car at the drive-up window at a Taco Bell restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Sacramento. Police said two armed men, later identified as Ralph King and his son, Demarkas King, walked up to the car and the younger man fired into it. Both men then fled. Another passenger in the car, a man in his mid-20s, was critically wounded.

Detectives were directed to the Kings by acquaintances of the victims, who claimed the shooting resulted from a feud. Ralph King was arrested at his home and Demarkas King was arrested in San Diego. The investigation later linked a third man, Kenneth McClish to the shooting.

Sacramento Superior Court online records show all three men were convicted of murder and attempted murder, and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

According to an online roster of California prison inmates, Ralph and Demarkas King are at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, and McClish is at California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville.

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