Daniel Scott Jordan
Daniel Scott Jordan. Courtesy Washoe County Sheriff’s Office

A man who stabbed his husband to death at their Mount Helix home, then fled the state, was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years to life in state prison.

Daniel Scott Jordan, 47, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder count and a deadly weapon allegation for the slaying of 38-year-old Kevin Powell, a Chula Vista city employee whose body was found in the couple’s Carmen Drive residence on Aug. 11, 2020.

At a bail hearing in late 2020, Deputy District Attorney Eva Kilamyan said Powell was found in his bed with 50 stab wounds and a kitchen knife left embedded in his chest.

The prosecutor said the couple had been having marital problems and Powell was seeking a divorce.

Chula Vista police found Powell’s body while conducting a welfare check, sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver said. Powell’s work supervisor asked police to check on him after he missed several meetings, according to the lieutenant.

Jordan also did not show up for work and was arrested in Reno, Nevada, nine days after the murder. Police arrested him there after he was taken to a hospital for an apparent suicide attempt, the prosecutor said.

Powell was a human resources manager for the city of Chula Vista, and previously worked in similar positions for Contra Costa County, San Diego County and the city of Coronado.


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