Man Pleads Guilty in 2008 Popeye’s Murder

A defendant who was charged in the Jan. 22, 2008 shooting death of a manager at the Popeye’s on Smoketown Road between Minnieville Road and the Prince William County Parkway pleaded guilty in Prince William Circuit Court to an abduction charge today, Monday, Aug. 9, according to a report in

James William Carolina, was originally charged with capital murder, attempted robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the shooting death of the manager, Keith Jamar Truesdale. Prosecutors amended the attempted robbery charge to abduction and plan to drop the other two charges as part of the plea agreement.

Carolina was one of three men involved in the murder. Police say they believe he entered the fast food restaurant with a knife and another man, Andre Williams, accompanied him carrying a gun. Another man drove the two to the restaurant, according to police. Mr. Truesdale was shot and killed as he attempted to escape.

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