- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 22, 2003

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A Texas killer was executed Wednesday for beating his 70-year-old grandmother to death in a 1989 home robbery that netted him $568.

Robert Andrew Lookingbill, 37, was pronounced dead at 6:18 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the Walls Prison. Adeline Dannenberg was killed and her 77-year-old husband, Lorenz, was severely injured in the robbery at their San Juan home.

In his final statement, Lookingbill spoke to his wife and friends who were witnesses.

"I would like to thank all my loved ones that are standing over there for all the kindness and support you have shown me over the years," he said. "Be strong. Do not hate, but learn from this experience. Just because it happens, do not think that God doesn't care. He will be with you. I will be there with all of you."

There were no witnesses for the victims.

In the pre-dawn hours of Dec. 5, 1989, Lookingbill showed up at an apartment behind the home of his grandparents claiming that someone had beaten them up. The neighbors found the elderly couple in their home, severely beaten but alive.

Police found no evidence of a forced entry but an officer found a blood-covered metal bar in a nearby shed. They also discovered $568.31 in the Lookingbill's jeans. The Dannenberg's daughter said her parents had received a $500 Social Security check.

The blood on Lookingbill's boots and the metal bar was consistent with the blood of Lorenz Dannenberg, according to police reports. Lorenz Dannenberg survived the attack but was left brain damaged. His wife died 10 days later at a hospital.

In his initial statement to police, Lookingbill said he discovered his grandparents the way they were found by police but he later gave a second statement in which he said he was "all coked up" and beat them to death for drug money.

Lookingbill was also convicted of attempted capital murder in the beating of his grandfather and sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Lookingbill was the third convicted killer executed this year in Texas and the 292 since the state restored the death penalty in 1982.

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