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Suspect in beating death of WWII vet says victim shorted him in crack deal


Delbert Belton (Photo courtesy of Belton’s friends)

SPOKANE, Wash. — One of the two teens suspected of beating an 88-year-old World War II veteran to death claimed Tuesday that the vet was selling crack cocaine and shorted them on a drug deal.

The Spokesman-Review said that Spokane police later said they’ve found nothing to support the drug dealing claims by suspected killer Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16.

The boy is being held in lieu of $3 million bail in the case. He and another teen, Demetrius Glenn, 16, are accused of beating to death Delbert Belton in a robbery outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane last Wednesday.  Both are being held on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

The victim’s family and friends also described his claims as ridiculous.

According to the Spokesman-Review, the drug dealing claim was contained in a letter police found inside the home where Adams-Kinard was found hiding Monday morning. The contents of the letter were made public during his court appearance Tuesday.

The fatal attack on the elderly survivor of the Battle of Okinawa has drawn international attention.


9 Comments to “Suspect in beating death of WWII vet says victim shorted him in crack deal”

    JMGilday said:
    August 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Can we PLEASE get this trial underway so we can throw these pieces of dog crap into a hole and forget they ever existed?

    (Apologies to dogs everywhere)

    R.S. said:
    August 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    OMG yea right a little old man war vet dealing crack right nice try you worthless POS hoodlums, your parents need their asses kicked for not raising you properly. I hope you rot in jail and Bubba teaches you a lesson on how to respect your elders.

    Kit said:
    August 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Delbert Belton, selling drugs to teenagers? The story sounds like a total lie coming from an un-educated crook.

    jeff said:
    August 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    The police chief of Spokane needs to tender his resignation in for the abysmal press statement he made to the public. He fought back, is the reason why they beat him to death. This was nothing more than a hate crime purely based on race and an easy target. What would have happened if the old man would have had a gun on him, and he shot to two bstds? The headline would have read "Old man shoots two young black teenagers."

    Kirby said:
    August 28, 2013 at 4:37 AM

    Curb the niggers

    yy@yahoo.com said:
    August 28, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    This is typical, 98% of his brain power is on drugs (mainly crack), sex and crime, 2% on artistic integrity, musical talent and intelligence.

    Kit said:
    August 28, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Upon conviction execute both of them!!!!!

    Tom said:
    August 28, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I knew my previous comment wouldn't get posted, so how about sticking to facts, when it comes to the news, and not unsubstantiated, sensationalistic, rumors, made up by an admitted crack user?

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