Fired manager may have targeted 2nd KFC

first_imgHowever, the combination had been changed since his termination, according to testimony from the store’s then assistant manager and the franchise’s district manager. Marshall was not charged until 2005, when he was indicted on murder and the special circumstance of killing during a robbery. By then, he had moved to Riverside and was a captain for the state Department of Forestry. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before becoming an assistant manager at the Torrance KFC in October 1984, Marshall worked at the Fountain Valley store. However, Goetz, who had just begun working at that store a couple of weeks before, said he never met him. But in photos and in court, Goetz identified Marshall as the man he saw wearing camouflage pants and carrying a blue duffel bag, circling the restaurant, days after the crimes at the Torrance KFC. At one point, Goetz said, he saw Marshall through the drive-through window. “He was surprised to see me,” Goetz said of Marshall. “He seemed more startled that I came around the corner right at that moment.” What happened next, Goetz said, has “stuck with me all my life.” He said Marshall asked through the closed window what time it was, and looked in the direction of a wall clock inside the store that was not visible from the outside. Only someone who had been inside would have known it was there, Goetz said. Another Fountain Valley employee, John Stumbo, was a 17-year-old cook who said he came by the store to give Goetz a ride home. Stumbo said he knew Marshall and watched him ring the buzzer to the employee door as he walked up. Stumbo testified that Marshall was wearing the fatigues, a brown jacket, boots, gloves and a knit cap, and was carrying a bag. “It was very unordinary,” Stumbo said of the circumstances. When Goetz opened the door, Marshall asked if he could use the phone, Stumbo and Goetz said. But Goetz refused, telling the jury of five women and seven men that he was aware of Hoynes’ death and that Marshall was suspected of taking money from the Torrance store. After Goetz closed the door, Stumbo and Marshall continued to talk. Stumbo said Marshall told him his car broke down – but he refused a ride, saying he called a “lady friend” to pick him up. Stumbo said that seemed strange since Marshall had just asked to use the phone. Marshall also told him he was still working at the Torrance store and did not mention anything about Hoynes’ murder, which Stumbo said he did not yet know about. About a week later, after Torrance police officers watched Marshall casing the Fountain Valley store again, he was arrested wearing the same pants. The bag, which was in the car, held a boning knife and his restaurant uniform. Although Marshall was acting suspiciously and was taken into custody, he was released and not charged with any crimes at the time. Earlier this week, retired police Detective Jeffrey Lancaster testified he went to Marshall’s Los Angeles home the day after the murder, and brought him to the police department for questioning. Marshall told Lancaster he had been at home with his girlfriend that evening, and had only gone out to the corner liquor store to buy beer and root beer. Lancaster said he noticed that Marshall had a Band-Aid on his left index finger when they first met, but that it was gone by the time they got to the police station. He said it seemed Marshall was trying to hide a fresh cut on his finger while they talked. When asked, Marshall said he cut his finger slicing garlic while helping his girlfriend make spaghetti the night before. The Band-Aid was later found in an ashtray in the detective’s car, Lancaster said. That same day, his girlfriend, Yvonne Williams, said Marshall did not help her cook that night. Twenty years later, when detectives reopened the cold case, Williams gave officers much more information, including that Marshall purportedly confessed to her. Her statements are key in the prosecution’s case against Marshall. The trial before Judge Mark Arnold is expected to last through the end of the month. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Peter Goetz, who managed the Fountain Valley Kentucky Fried Chicken, testified he saw Marshall walking around his closed store late on Nov. 2, 1984. On Oct. 30, 1984, Robin Hoynes was working late doing the books at the closed KFC on Palos Verdes Boulevard when she was killed. Marshall, 46, who had just been fired from an assistant manager position at that store for, among other things, possibly stealing, was a suspect. Evidence presented so far in the first week of Marshall’s Torrance Superior Court trial suggests there was no forced entry into the restaurant and that Hoynes, 21, likely knew the perpetrator. Marshall was expected to come by the restaurant to pick up his briefcase, witnesses have said. Deputy District Attorney John Lewin is trying to prove that Hoynes let Marshall in, and that he stabbed her from behind before attempting to break into the safe. TRIAL: Man testifies ex-Torrance employee, accused in killing and robbery, cased eatery. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER Three days after he allegedly killed a Kentucky Fried Chicken manager in Torrance during a robbery, William Marshall may have been trying to steal from another restaurant in the chain, according to evidence presented in court Friday. last_img read more