Long after the discovery of Webb's dismembered, decomposing body in his Queen Anne Hill home, and the subsequent arrest of the 29-year-old killer, Scott Brian White has pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Wayne's sighing a lot today as he talks from his Northern California home. His brother was Mike Webb, the longtime KIRO talk host who was murdered in 2007.
(Photo: Mike Webb, KIRO "Battle of the Talk Show Hosts," May 2004, Gregory McKie)
Prosecutors are asking for a 12-year sentence, his defense attorney hopes to talk it down to 10.
Webb and his sister Marian Bogni have been been watching agonizedly for nearly two years as White has avoided trial-setting in the case.
White, a homeless man with a long record of drug addiction iwhich includes heroin and crystal meth, has been in and out of Western State Hospital in mental evaluations by both the defense and the prosecution since he was arrested and charged with first degree murder in 2007.
Prosecutors have kept Wayne and Marian in the loop during what Wayne considers a "lame" prosecution of their brother's confessed murderer.
"They don't think they can prove premeditation," says Webb.
The brutality of the ax murder was shown in an autopsy which showed slashes to the chest, neck and shoulder and five lengthy lacerations across his face.
The strokes of the double-bitted ax were so powerful, they left gashes in the drywall ceiling above the bed where Webb lay sleeping. A cut-out of the ceiling was collected as evidence by police.
It was a slaying of intense rage, and strength.
A suspect must be sane enough to assist in his own defense. That's been the issue for the nearly two years since White's arrest. Public defender Julie Lawry has been preparing an insanity plea which she says she could have won.
Prosecutors apparently agreed. Lawry says White entered the plea to get it all over quickly.
Prosecutor Don Raz told the Seattle P-I's Levi Pulkkinen that White's mental condition -- described as schizoaffective disorder, can, when untreated, include episodes of severe psychosis. Drug use at the time of the killing prompted psychiatrists to conclude he was probably unable to plan a murder.
"Premeditation probably didn't occur in this case," Raz said. Premeditation is the main requirement for first-degree murder.
Webb met White at a Capital Hill AA meeting; he claims Webb bought and shared drugs and alcohol with him; the two lived together for a time.
Webb was an out-and-proud gay man, and though the relationship between the two was sexual, White denies that he is gay. Did this sex for drugs relationship contribute to the crazy rage with which White committed this murder? We will probably never know.
The prospect of accomplices has not been addressed publicly. Family and others have questioned how the slightly built White could physically have managed to move Webb's 250+ lbs body from the upstairs bedroom down two sets of stairs, and over a 3-foot cement barrier to the basement crawl space.
The body was not found for months, despite it was widely known that Wbb was missing, and neighbors saw swarms of flies crawling a basement window, and crows dive-bombing the same window, (behavior not uncommon when a body decomposes undiscovered in a structure).
(photo: Scott White, purple highlites by KoolAid)
White has admitted he killed Webb on between April 13 and 15. Mike was missing after that and not found until late June. Police were in the house at least twice, once, even with cadaver dogs. Eventually, the body was discovered by a guy hired from the Millionair's Club by the landlord to clean out Mike's stuff from the house after eviction papers ripened.
"Seattle police really fucked this up," Wayne Webb says.
There were ritualistic and pornographic items found in the dirt and on a cement buttress in the small space near the plastic-wrapped body.
There were definitely other people known to the police in and out of Webb's house as he lay mouldering in the basement.
"We know that, besides White, [person's identity withheld] was in the house, spending [Mike's] money, driving his car," says Wayne Webb. "He is walking free."
"You got some pussy-ass prosecutors up there," Webb says, "and you know what the sad part is? We, the family have got nothing to say about any of this."
The family will be part of a sentencing hearing to be held July 10.
(BlatherWatch had a long, and acrimonious relationship with radio talker Mike Webb. We've kept current of the legal and back story goings-on, but in the interest of a clean case going through the system, we've not written on this blog. Read all our coverage of the years leading up to and through Webb's death here).