SAN QUENTIN – The man responsible for the brutal 1987 murder of a husband and wife in front of their toddler and newborn baby in Atascadero died on Tuesday evening. Dennis Duane Webb, 65, died of a cause that is still unknown at this time after being rushed to a hospital while on San Quentin’s death row.
Webb has been on death row since 1988, for a burglary and first-degree murder of 25-year-old John and 22-year-old Lori Rainwater on February 5, 1987. The Rainwaters were managing a 14-unit lodge in Atascadero when Webb, a parolee who was out of prison for only two months at the time broke into their home.
The couple was bound, beaten, and raped by Webb before attempting to escape the residence with their two small children. Webb chased the couple and murdered them by shooting them at close range in the motel parking lot. Both children; a 15-month-old boy and 7-day-old girl were found alive under their mother’s naked and lifeless body.
On July 15, 1987, during the penalty phase of the trial, Webb told the panel that he lacked feeling saying, “I have no feelings, ladies and gentlemen. My heart is a block of ice.” The cause of death for Webb will be determined by the coroner.
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