Condemned Inmate Dennis D. Webb Dies Of Unknown Causes

San Quentin, CA…Condemned inmate Dennis Duane Webb, 65, from San Luis Obispo County was pronounced dead on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at 6:14 p.m., at a nearby hospital. The cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy. Webb had been on death row since August 1988.


Webb was sentenced to death by a San Luis Obispo County jury for the February 5, 1987, burglary and first-degree murder of John Rainwater, 25, and Lori Rainwater, 22. The couple was managing a 14-unit lodge in Atascadero when Webb, a parolee from the Utah prison system who had been out of prison for two months, broke into their home. The couple were bound and savagely beaten and raped. The Rainwaters tried to escape out of the residence with their two children, but were chased and murdered in the motel parking lot. The two children, ages 15 months and seven days, were found alive under their mother’s body.

Since 1978, when California reinstated capital punishment, 71 condemned inmates have died from natural causes, 25 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, one was executed in Virginia, eight have died from other causes, and one’s (Webb) cause of death is pending. There are currently 749 offenders on California’s death row.