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Wednesday, July 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Trial pushed to March in Delbert Belton murder

The trial for teenage murder suspect Demetruis Glenn was pushed back to March 10 today at the request of Glenn’s attorney, Christian Phelps.

Glenn, 17, was scheduled to stand trial with co-defendent Kenan Adams-Kinard starting Jan. 12 for the 2013 murder of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton, 88. But Adams-Kinard pled guilty to the murder on Wednesday in exchange for the prosecution dropping robbery charges against him.

That plea changed the complexity of the case, Phelps said Thursday, and means he needs more time to prepare for Glenn’s trial.

He requested a new trial be scheduled for after Adams-Kinard’s sentencing, which is expected to be in mid-February.

Prosecutor Mark Cipolla said he expects Glenn’s trial to last seven or eight days.

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