Deathbed Confession Concludes 24-Year-Old Murder Case

( – A case lying in the cold for years was broken wide open after the main suspect in the case confessed to the crime just hours before he died.

Larry Webb, who police suspected of killing Susan Carter and Natasha “Alex” Carter, Susan’s her 10-year-old daughter 24 years ago, finally admitted to killing the mother and daughter, leading police to find their remains buried in the backyard of his home. Webb, whose health conditions caused delays in the trial over the murders, died on April 22, the same day Susan and Alex’s remains were found.

Prior to the crime, Webb and Susan were in a relationship, with Webb later admitting to have shot and killed Susan over an argument over money. He killed the child as he believed that she could point him to authorities as her mother’s killer. Police investigators say that Webb, who provided authorities the confession while he was at a nursing home, expressed deep regret and said that he even “cried himself to sleep” the day he committed the murders.

Webb was indicted of first-degree murder last year after authorities executing a search warrant of his home found a bullet that was later discovered to have the DNA of Alex Carter. Prosecutors in the case had a very strong case against Webb, but the trial faced delays due to the poor state of Webb’s health. Authorities also had difficulty securing the medical clearance needed to transfer Webb into prison.

However, Webb decided to come clean to investigators who spoke to him at the nursing home, providing a “detailed, undeniable, unconflicted confession” to authorities, according to Raleigh County prosecuting attorney Ben Hatfield, who was with police when Webb provided his confession.

It took three days of digging to find the bodies of Susan and Alex, but given the state they were in and the details of Webb’s confession, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Tony Rausa told reporters that the likelihood was very high that these were indeed the remains of the two, who disappeared in 2000.

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