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Trial for teens accused of killing WWII vet pushed again

Teenagers Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn are now scheduled to go before a jury in November for their alleged roles in the August 2013 slaying of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton.

Judge Annette Plese delayed the court date in a ruling handed down last month. The teens, now both 17, face murder and robbery charges after their fingerprints were discovered on Belton's car, where he was found severely beaten in the parking lot of an ice rink Aug. 21. Plese signed an order indicating review of investigative materials and negotiations between defense attorneys and prosecutors were ongoing in the case, which made national headlines late last summer.

Adams-Kinard and Glenn have been in custody since their separate arrests a few days after Belton's death. Glenn turned himself in to authorities after surveillance video surfaced of the two teens entering nearby businesses around the time of the alleged beating. Adams-Kinard was apprehended in a basement apartment a few days later, where authorities found a letter they tied to the teen that alleged the beating took place after Belton stiffed Adams-Kinard on a drug deal.

Friends and family of Belton have vehemently denied he dealt drugs.

The order Plese signed calls for the teens to be tried as adults in a juvenile courtroom. It is the third delay in the case. Prior to Plese's order, the jury trial was scheduled to begin today.

 

Accused murderer of WWII veteran wants a later trial

From the day they were arrested, it seems the two teenagers suspected of beating and murdering an 88-year-old World War II veteran have had different ideas about how the trial should go.

Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, were arrested in August for the brutal beating death of Delbert “Shorty” Belton.  Glenn turned himself into police two days later. Adams-Kinard, however, kept running, police said. He was eventually found hiding in a friend's basement three days after Glenn was arrested.

According to motions filed in court, Adams-Kinard is now trying to push the trial date off. Adams-Kinard filed a motion Tuesday requesting that the Nov. 4 trial date be continued, and will appear in court Thursday on the matter.

Glenn, however, is ready for the trial to begin and is not interested in continuing the trial, according to the motion.

However, prosecutors want the two tried together, and have filed a motion to join their cases. If a continuance is approved, it will be approved for both Glenn and Adams-Kinard, according to the motion.

We'll find out Thursday at 9 a.m. if the trial date will be pushed back.

Suspected killer’s FB page gets a makeover

Suspected teen-age killer Kenan Adams-Kinard appears to be getting a digital makeover.

The boy's FaceBook page, which earlier this week featured divisive messages of support from friends and relatives, has been spruced up and apparently locked down.

The new cover photo shows Adams-Kinard with his basketball team and his new profile photo shows him in glasses and wearing a breast-cancer awareness cap. There's also baby photos and he's listed as currently living in “South Seattle,” though his hometown is still listed as Spokane.

Gone from public view are things like the linked rap video that features explicit lyrics critical of police and the criminal justice system, multiple postings referring to partying and drug use and messages from supporters urging him to stay strong and fight the charges.

Adams-Kinard and another 16-year-old boy, Demetruis Glenn, are accused of killing 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton during a robbery last week outside the Eagle's Ice Arena in north Spokane. They are charged as adults with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Adams-Kinard claims Belton was a drug dealer who had shorted him in a crack cocaine deal, which the retiree's friends and family members say is preposterous.

It's unclear who is making the changes to Adams-Kinard's FaceBook page, since he's being held at the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond since being found by police Monday hiding in a friend's apartment. Glenn, who went by the nickname “D Money” and turned himself in to police last week, is being held in lieu of $2 million bond.

Playmates demand justice in Belton beating death

Playboy models Shane and Sia Barbi, more popularly known as the Barbi Twins, have joined the call for justice in the beating death of WWII vet Delbert “Shorty” Belton last week in Spokane.

And they quickly called BS on claims by one of the accused teen-age killers that Belton was a geriatric crack cocaine dealer: “I'm blonde but not that stupid! .. ,” one of the identical twins declared yesterday via their shared Twitter handle, @Barbi_Twins.

Last week, the sisters were among the first celebrities to begin using social media to call attention to the brutal North Spokane robbery-turned-homicide.

“Let's all give final salute to -WWII veteran hero-killed by teens! Prayers to your family … ” the models tweeted as news of the tragedy began sweeping the nation.

Other celebrities taking up the cause include actor James Woods and country singer Charlie Daniels.

Woods (@RealJamesWoods) called his push to bring national attention to the Belton case, “Best thing I've done all week” and declared coverage of his efforts as “better than any movie review.”

On yesterday's claims by accused killer Kenan Adams-Kinard that Belton had been selling crack cocaine, Woods dismissively tweeted: “Riiiiight.”

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