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Suspects’ fingerprints found on murdered World War II veteran’s car

Demetruis Glenn, far right, is forcibly redirected by authorities Aug. 26 after turning to try to view onlookers who were hollering words of support for him near the county’s juvenile jail. Glenn was the first suspect arrested in connection to the death of Delbert Belton. (Jesse Tinsley)
Demetruis Glenn, far right, is forcibly redirected by authorities Aug. 26 after turning to try to view onlookers who were hollering words of support for him near the county’s juvenile jail. Glenn was the first suspect arrested in connection to the death of Delbert Belton. (Jesse Tinsley)

Investigators discovered fingerprints linking two teenagers to an 88-year-old World War II veteran murdered two weeks ago.

Police say Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, beat Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death Aug. 22 while he sat in his car, according to an affidavit. Investigators found Glenn’s prints on the exterior read driver’s side door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door. Adams-Kinard’s prints were on the exterior driver’s door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door.

Belton’s body was found wedged between the front bucket seats, with his lower body from the neck down folded into the back seat area, according to the affidavit.

Friends said Belton was in his car near the Eagles Lodge, waiting to meet a friend for a game of pool. Adams-Kinard claimed in a letter that the teens were planning to meet him there to purchase crack cocaine, but Belton “tried ripping them off.”

Glenn and Adams-Kinard will appear for an arraignment on Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Both face charges of first-degree murder and two charges of first-degree robbery.




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