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Courtney B. MATTHEWS





Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 4
Date of murders: January 30, 1994
Date of arrest: 3 days after
Date of birth: 1974
Victims profile: Kevin Campbell, Angela Wyatt, Patricia Price, and Marcia Klopp (Taco Bell employees)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1996

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee


opinion 39217

opinion 033791


A former soldier was convicted of murder for the deaths of four Taco Bell workers during a robbery in 1994, David Housler -- who confessed to being the getaway driver and lookout man-- was handed a mandatory sentence of life in prison. "You've just convicted an innocent 23-year-old man," defense attorney Michael Terry told the jury.

Housler, of Radcliff, Ky., was found guilty of helping gunman and fellow Fort Campbell soldier Courtney Mathews, 23. Mathews, who had worked at the Taco Bell for 10 days as a part-time dishwasher and food handler, forced his co-workers to lie on the floor after the restaurant closed, then shot them. The safe and the cash register were cleaned out, but the amount taken was not disclosed.


Worker Held In 4 Slayings At Tennessee Taco Bell

Orlando Sentinel

February 03, 1994

A part-time employee of a Taco Bell was arrested Wednesday on charges of killing four workers at the restaurant during a robbery. Courtney Matthews, 19, a soldier at nearby Fort Campbell, was charged with four counts of murder in Sunday's shootings, police said.

''I'm innocent. I'm innocent. I didn't do a damn thing,'' he told reporters as he was led into the police station. Matthews worked at the restaurant for 10 days before the slayings. There was no sign of forced entry at the restaurant. The safe and cash drawers were empty, but the amount taken wasn't disclosed.



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