Murderer from Pollock Pines Dies in Prison

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 30, 2017 / comments

[ANDREW SHEELER, The San Luis Obispo Tribune]

A doctor pronounced Randy Lane Kidwell of Pollock Pines dead at 11:05 p.m. at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

A 56-year-old inmate died at California Men’s Colony on Wednesday night, a spokeswoman for the prison confirmed.

A doctor pronounced Randy Lane Kidwell of Pollock Pines dead at 11:05 p.m. at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Lt. Monica Ayon said Kidwell’s cause of death is under investigation and a coroner will make the final determination. She added that Kidwell’s next of kin has been notified.

Kidwell was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole, for the 1995 murder of his live-in girlfriend, Shawn Deneen Meadows, in El Dorado County, according to the Sacramento Bee. He was transferred to CMC on Oct. 25, 2012, and was a single-cell inmate at the east facility, Ayon said. She said Kidwell worked at CMC as a visiting room porter.

Ayon said CMC is currently on lockdown for unspecified reasons unrelated to Kidwell’s death.

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According to 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 ...

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