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Webster Groves man used kitchen knife to kill stepfather, prosecutors say

Webster Groves man used kitchen knife to kill stepfather, documents say WEBSTER GROVES — The day after he turned 21, Ryne Alan Dobson grabbed an 8-inch kitchen knife and stabbed his stepfather to death in their Webster Groves home, according to court records obtained Monday.Dobson was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in…

Webster Groves man used kitchen knife to kill stepfather, prosecutors say

Webster Groves man used kitchen knife to kill stepfather, documents say


WEBSTER GROVES — The day after he turned 21, Ryne Alan Dobson grabbed an 8-inch kitchen knife and stabbed his stepfather to death in their Webster Groves home, according to court records obtained Monday.

Dobson was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Kevin Nentwig, 49.



Ryne Dobson

Ryne Dobson, in a booking photo provided by the St. Louis County Jail. He was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Kevin Nentwig, 49, in Webster Groves.




The killing happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 800 block of Newport Avenue. Bail for Dobson is set at $1 million cash.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack. Webster Groves police Officer Jillian McCoy said in court papers that Dobson stabbed Nentwig multiple times and that a witness saw Dobson holding the knife immediately afterward.



Kevin Nentwig

Kevin Nentwig, in a 2014 photo provided by a friend.




Neither police nor prosecutors would say what the relationship was between Dobson and Nentwig. However, a relative told the Post-Dispatch that Nentwig was married to Dobson’s mother. Dobson and Nentwig were among those who lived at the home. Dobson has a younger sibling, who was uninjured.

McCoy said Dobson “made multiple spontaneous statements admitting his guilt,” but McCoy did not elaborate.

Dobson’s father, Justin Dobson of Lovettsville, Virginia, declined to talk about his son Monday. He referred questions to a Clayton attorney, William Goldstein, who has been hired to represent Ryne Dobson.

“Without knowing more, I’m ill-equipped to comment on the case,” Goldstein said. “But know that we are very concerned about my client’s mental health at this time.”

Webster Groves police Capt. Stephen Spear said Dobson turned 21 on Friday. Spear didn’t know if the stabbing happened during a party for Dobson, and he wouldn’t say if there had been a dispute leading up to the stabbing. Spear said the only people at the home when police arrived were those who lived there. Nentwig died at the scene, Spear said.

McCoy said in court papers that Dobson posed a danger to the community “because his gruesome actions show a callous disregard for human life.”

Spear said Webster Groves police had been called to the home twice in recent years, for a medical issue and a burglar alarm that was accidentally activated. According to an online records search, Dobson’s only other court case in Missouri appears to be for a speeding ticket in Rolla, Missouri, last year.

Nentwig in February was promoted to vice president of Rx Systems Inc., a St. Charles firm that manufactures pharmacy supplies. Before that role, he had spent 10 years as director of the long-term care division for the company.

“He brought tremendous energy, humor and work ethic everywhere he went. And everybody loved Kevin,” Derek Jensen, executive vice president for Rx Systems, told the Post-Dispatch.

Some Webster Groves High School alumni who have played club hockey together for years gathered at the city’s ice rink parking lot on Sunday to share memories of Nentwig. About 100 people participated. Club members plan to hold another gathering in honor of Nentwig once coronavirus social-distancing rules are lifted.

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