Rockford, Illinois News

Accused shooter in Don Carter Lanes triple homicide pleads not guilty

ROCKFORD — Duke Webb, the Florida man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Rockford bowling alley last December pleaded not guilty Friday.

Webb, 37, a former Green Beret from Florida, is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 65-year-old Thomas Furseth, of Machesney Park; 69-year-old Jerome Woodfork, of Rockford; and 73-year-old Rockford resident Dennis Steinhoff. Prosecutors say the men were killed when Webb entered Don Carter Lanes Dec. 26 and opened fire with two handguns.

Webb is also accused of critically wounding 62-year-old Tyrone Lewis, a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

Present in the courtroom Friday were Assistant State’s Attorney Maria McCarthy, Chicago defense attorney Damon Cheronis and Judge Joe McGraw. Duke Webb attended the proceedings electronically. He’s being held without bond at the Winnebago County Jail.

Webb was an assistant operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located at Camp Bull Simons, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He had 15 years of military experience and was on leave visiting family when the shooting occurred. He’s due back in court March 21.

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