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2 Spokane teens to be tried as adults in WWII veteran’s death; $2M bail

By Los Angeles Times

SPOKANE — Authorities released new details Monday about two teenage boys who are charged with the murder of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, saying the motive of the attack was robbery, and that family members helped lead police to their second suspect.


Delbert Belton (Photo courtesy of Belton’s friends)

Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, at a news conference Monday that was streamed live online, said suspects Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Glenn turned himself in last week and Adams-Kinard was arrested early Monday morning.

“Today, I would like to assure our community that the two individuals we believe were responsible for the robbery and murder of Mr. Belton have been taken into custody,” Straub said.

Both teens will be charged as adults, according to Lenna England, secretary for the gang unit of the Spokane County prosecuting attorney’s office, which is handling the case.

Each was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, England told the Los Angeles Times.

At the news conference, Straub urged Spokane and other cities across the country to support what he called “a very troubled group of young people.”

“One of these individuals was pretty much a standout basketball player — and because nobody wrapped their arms around him, nobody cared enough about him, he’s now going to face murder and robbery charges,” Straub said. “And, probably, he’s looking at the rest of his life being significantly affected — if not destroyed — by this.”

Three other juveniles were arrested in connection with Adams-Kinard, who went into hiding after Wednesday’s attack on Belton. All three are charged with “rendering criminal assistance to evade police apprehension,” Straub said.

Witnesses first called police shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday to report an assault outside Eagles Lodge, a popular gathering spot where Belton liked to play pool.

Officers arrived to find Belton, still in his car, suffering from serious head injuries. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

Straub said Belton was “in a parking lot … waiting for a friend” when he was attacked. Authorities found Belton’s wallet in the immediate vicinity, he said, and money had been taken.

“Our information is that the individual fought back — and that may have made this a worse situation,” Straub said, referring to the severity of Belton’s injuries. “I’m not being critical of Mr. Belton. I would encourage individuals to fight back, and he should have, but it shouldn’t have happened to begin with, right? But I think a robbery just got worse.”

Police were “still looking into” whether the two suspects committed any other crimes that night, Straub said.

After the attack, police released photos of the suspects taken from surveillance cameras. Glenn turned himself in by Thursday night and police then asked for the public’s help in finding Adams-Kinard, issuing a release with the teen’s name and mug shot.

Straub said Monday that family members pleaded with Adams-Kinard to turn himself in, and helped police find him. The teenager was taken into custody around 3 a.m. Monday “without incident,” Straub said.

Straub noted that both suspects “had previous arrests and convictions,” and that “there are other pieces of the investigation … that would allow us to charge first-degree murder.”

“We’re confident we’ve built a very strong case against both individuals,” he said.

Hours after Adams-Kinard was arrested, the victim’s daughter-in-law said that she hoped the teenagers involved would “pay the consequences” for their “horrendous” actions.

Barbara Belton told The Times that she knew police would eventually find the teenager.


44 Comments to “2 Spokane teens to be tried as adults in WWII veteran’s death; $2M bail”

    Joe said:
    August 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Any clues yet as to the origins of the N-Word?

      jab said:
      August 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Joe —-if you are white–then it is your fault —–
      it is always white males fault when blacks act in bad ways.-
      –you must have just forgot that point….

      Waldo said:
      August 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      Joe Bozo, Should we arrest all fat ugly women because of what Michele Kristen Anderson and her boyfriend, Joseph Thomas McEnroe did? Plenty of white criminals out there.

      Waldo said:
      August 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Joe the Bozo, why do white people shoot-up schools and movie theaters? Should we arrest all white people? Why do white kill their own grandparents like Michael "Chad" Boysen did?

        Gues said:
        August 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Waldo, they do it because their families are broken, their mental health is ignored and because liberals make prison more like day camp.

        Now, why do so many blacks commit violent crime (much more than any other group)?

        Why do we make all blacks justify the actions of a few? Because whenever one of their own is in trouble or falsy claims racism, they come out of the woodwork to support each other… as is the case here.

      wendy said:
      August 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Joe the idiot is this what you do all day is hide behind your computer you are always so judgmental and ignorant, race has absolutely nothing to do with what happened. What about the white kids who go shoot up whole schools? Discrimination and self appointed judges are what makes the world a bad place. Do you even know the real definition of the derogatory N-word, fyi- it means IGNORANT maybe you should go look in the mirror, people in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. And just to get the record straight I am white.

    tex a montana said:
    August 26, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    "It takes a village" to hide a low life murderous scum for four days!

    jab said:
    August 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    not even a squeak like a mouse from our president? why so quiet big O ….maybee to worried bout impeachment movement. Hope the to murderers get the death penalty.

      Wally said:
      August 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      Are you a spokesman for the KKK? How many people did you lynch? Come out from under your bedsheets.

        wendy said:
        August 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        Right on Wally but the clown doesn't even deserve a response look at his grammar and spelling he can't even get it right with spell check, that's straight ignorant.

          shaun said:
          August 29, 2013 at 4:07 AM

          I would take a serious look at your post and how grammatically incorrect it is before commenting on another persons poorly written comment. Your statement is a run on sentence and you have a damn comma where you don't need it. Looks like you are the f-ing idiot.

    StLCard said:
    August 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    The names of the individuals involved were previously identified by other sources as: Demetrius Glenn (had surrendered earlier) and Kenan Adams-Kenard, who was the party being sought by authorities who indicated they had probable cause to arrest him. Whether he is the 2nd subject now in custody is not clear because the media has now chosen to downplay this horrid incident and obscure the facts. The Q13 Fox's decision to participate in this little charade is despicable!

    wendy said:
    August 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I hope that they get a well deserved penalty, but it shouldn't be anymore harsh than that of Bails the officer at your beloved JLMB who killed all those kids and innocent people in Afghanistan. What happened to this gentleman is totally despicable and needs to be penalized justly. Myself I believe life w/o possibility of parole is worse than death penalty, hell they are young let them go to adult prison and become someone's B—- the death penalty is a cop out. I men this gentleman made it through a big war only to be killed in his own country for nothing. However I do not feel like it is Obamas fault people get killed everyday the president cannot react to every murder, and the circumstances are relatively the same the only difference is that the police arrested these individuals and let Zimmerman go please something is wrong there.

    joe said:
    August 26, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    They're scum, born that way.

      JoJo said:
      August 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      My oh my! Bernie Madoff is a criminal! Born that way!

    Big Bear said:
    August 26, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Too bad vigilantes didn't get him first. The site of this thing, battered beyond recognition and hanging high would have been so scenic.

    Liberals suck said:
    August 27, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Wtf?? Why is Straub compassionate toward these dirtbags?? He's defending their actions and showing more sympathy to the suspects than the victims…. oh he must be a liberal from Seattle.

    Joe said:
    August 27, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    This proves that gun control is a horrible idea, liberals want to hog tie Americans to make us victims of these low form of the human race, I'm preparing for the day of reckoning, they're bringing it on, they have people in the DHS who have web sites promoting race war, and DHS is buying up tons of ammo against the will of congress for a reason, to point their guns inward.

    Wake up white man before Seattle looks like Chicago, LA or Detroit.

    what ever said:
    August 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM


      AlexWA said:
      August 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      You are absolutely right! I am in waiting of that speech either! But probably Mr.Obama so busy…

    Nana said:
    August 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    What? We must wrap our arms around these kids, because no one cares for them???What about their FAMILY?? they both have parents, uncles, aunts. That there is “nothing for the kids to do” is a ridiculous excuse. With some basic decent values they would NOT have done this horrific crime. Bill O is spot on.

    Bruce Edwards said:
    August 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I hope these two animals rot in hell!!!please give them the death penalty. not life in prison.

    Paula said:
    August 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    As this is an AMERICAN VETERAN that found for all of our freedom and he was horrendously MURDERED I think President Obama has an obligation to comment. To criticize the actions of these youths, who by the police notes are already hardened criminals. Where is the public outrage? Where are all the people speaking out for the loss that Mr. Belton's family are suffering? We had Trayvon Martin's parents all over the media being granted and paid for interviews. This veteran's death should be mourned by ALL Americans.

      Homer Eddy said:
      September 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Your right that we should mourn his death. As for the two charged in his death, they should be tried as adults and face reality. It's time to stop the violence. Quit worrying about the defendents rights being violated. When someone is charged and goes to trial it's a 95% chance that he or she is guilty. I don't remember the name of the article, but prosecuters don't go to court without an almost airtight case. Only about 10% of those charged go to court. The only reason Obama won't say anything is he a racist and hypocrite. If is was the other way around white teen, black veteran he would be all over national TV talking about it. And the news hasn't got the guts to tell the story about this vet getting murdered. It wouldn't help there ratings that much. This is a total lack of care about who dies and why. Only how much money can be made off the story. USA is getting to the point of nothing but money hunger whore mongers. Take from the poor and screw them for what can be taken.

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