Story Summary

WWII vet killed in vicious beating

Police in Washington state are searching for two young suspects who beat a World War II veteran to death in a Spokane parking lot Aug. 21.

Story Timeline
Previous Next
This story has 4 updates
Belton

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.

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.

Belton

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.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Police said they arrested one juvenile male in connection with the beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran Wednesday.

The suspect has been charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery. His name has not yet been released because of his age.

The other suspected killer is still on the loose.

vetbeating

Spokane authorities are seeking these two suspects in the beating death of an 88-year-old veteran. (Spokane Police Department)

The Spokane Police Department said in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries on Wednesday evening. He later died in the hospital.

Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as black males between the ages of 16 and 19.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked. He died in the hospital Thursday from head wounds.

KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa. He was also a lifetime steelworker.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Spokane Police at 509-456-2233.

SPOKANE (FOX News.com) — Police in Washington state are searching for two young suspects who beat a World War II veteran to death in a Spokane parking lot Wednesday night.

The Spokane Police Department says in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries. He later died in the hospital.

Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as black males between the ages of 16 and 19.

Friends identified the victim as Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal Order of the Eagles when he was attacked.

KXLY-TV reports that Belton served in Army during World War II and was shot in the leg during the Battle for Okinawa.

Belton

Delbert Belton (Photo courtesy of Belton’s friends)

The station says he went on to work for Kaiser Aluminum for 30 years. Friends say he was known as “Shorty,” and enjoyed playing pool and working on cars. His wife passed away several years ago.

The Spokane Police Department is asking anyone with information to call their hotline at 456-2233.

Advertisement