World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton was beaten and left for dead Aug. 21 in his car at the Eagles Lodge parking lot in North Spokane. Belton, 88, died the following day at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Two 16-year-old boys, Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, were arrested separately in connection with the fatal beating, which Spokane police described as a robbery-turned-homicide. Glenn turned himself in to police shortly after surveillance photos of the suspects were distributed by investigators. Adams-Kinard was found by police Aug. 26 hiding in an apartment, and claimed in a letter to his mother that Belton was a drug dealer and had shorted them in a crack cocaine deal — an assertion that friends and family described as outrageous and police dismissed as unfounded. Prosecutors charged both teen-agers as adults with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
A survivor of the bloody Battle of Okinawa, Belton returned to Spokane and spent decades working at Kaiser Aluminum before retiring.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Dave Kastel with the Patriot Guard Riders, stands sentry before the graveside service for Delbert "Shorty" Belton at Greenwood Memorial Terrace today. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany) And: photo essay by Colin Mulvany/SR here.
Natasha Belton struggled to stay calm when a member of the United States Army Area Veterans Honor Guard handed her the American flag that had covered her great-grandfather’s casket. “I tried not to think about it,” Natasha Belton said, clutching the flag to her heart after Delbert “Shorty” Belton’s funeral. “I was trying not to cry. I didn’t know what to do.” Hundreds gathered to honor the life of Delbert Belton at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, where he was buried with full military honors. The air was filled with quiet sobs as Belton’s flag-draped casket was brought to the service by a military guard. Police say Belton was brutally beaten in his car while he waited for a friend near the Eagles Lodge. Belton’s family opted for a closed casket – Bobbie Belton, his daughter-in-law, said the injuries left him unrecognizable/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.
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 #DelbertBelton-WWII veteran hero-killed by teens! Prayers to your family … ” the models tweeted as news of the tragedy began sweeping the nation/David Wasson, Sirens & Gavels. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that the entertainment industry is getting involved in this case?
So 88-year-old Delbert “Shorty” Belton was really a lowdown Spokane crack dealer. And not only that … The old World War II veteran was a crooked crack dealer who tried to chisel Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, the two 16-year-olds who are accused of robbing and beating Belton to death outside the Eagles Club one night last week. Yeah. That’s the ticket. I’ve heard plenty of shaggy dog tales over the years. But this one? This is the flag waving at the summit of Mount Absurd. Tell you what, though. I don’t have a crystal ball. So, if there’s any truth to this hateful accusation, I’ll put on a pink tutu and take a long, slow walk of contrition through River Park Square holding a sign that says, “Boy, was I wrong about Shorty.” Maybe some cops will join me/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
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 #DelbertBelton-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."
What happened to Belton was horrible. And what happened to him in death – as his name was taken up cynically for political fodder in the world of bloviation and dog-whistle racism – was horrible in a different way. Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge and their loyal followers rushed to capitalize on the death – to turn his tragedy into a chance to trumpet the fact that his alleged killers are black. This is part of a strenuous post-Zimmerman narrative in Rushworld, in which the death of a black teenager in Florida and the subsequent uproar over the case has been followed by an exhaustive effort to scour the nation for black criminals to hold up as anti-Trayvons and with which to taunt President Barack Obama, who stands accused of being the “real racist”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland's SR photo: Delaina Duran, 10, of Spokane, places a ring she made of Play-Doh on a memorial erected in memory of Delbert Belton)
Question: Have you heard any of the talk-radio fallout re: the beating death of WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton?
Demetruis Glenn, far right, is forcibly redirected by authorities Monday after turning to try to view onlookers who were hollering words of support for him near the county’s juvenile jail. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
The father of one of the teens implicated in last week’s beating death of a decorated World War II veteran thanked God for his son’s peaceful capture, saying the family had met with Spokane police and prayed for his safety. “I hope they find out what really happened,” said Steven Kinard, whose 16-year-old son Kenan Adams-Kinard was found by police hiding in a friend’s basement in the 500 block of West Montgomery Avenue early Monday and taken into custody. “Kenan’s a good kid,” the father added, calling Belton’s death a “tragedy.” The younger Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, also 16, are accused of killing 88-year-old Delbert Belton in a Wednesday robbery outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane/Kip Hill, SR. More here.
The tragic death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton (pictured) this week is yet another reminder of how violent living in America can be these days. Unfortunately, the fatal beating suffered by Belton also brings out the worst in human nature. Belton was white. The two juveniles accused of assaulting him are black. The knee-jerk reaction by some in our midst to immediately assume the dual mantle of judge and jury is not uncommon in this day of saturation coverage by the media, nor is the no-holds-barred nature of discourse found in comments posted on public websites. The case has attracted the attention of CNN, CBS and Fox News, and has sparked a relentless stream of comments via social media. The comments on our website, www.spokesman.com, began appearing quickly after the news broke of the fatal assault on Belton. Those comments quickly turned into an ugly display of stereotypes regarding blacks, comparisons to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case and blame directed at President Barack Obama/Gary Graham, SR. More here.
Lill Duncan takes a photo of a memorial erected in memory of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran who died Thursday from his injuries after being beaten at the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood St. “He was family to me,” said Duncan, who remembered Belton as a man who was a mentor to her children and grandchildren and a friend to her mother.
UPDATE: Spokane Police announced Friday morning they’ve arrested one juvenile male suspect in connection with the beating death of Delbert Belton. Updates on the arrest can be read here.
ORIGINAL STORY: An 88-year-old man who survived the Battle of Okinawa in World War II died Thursday after police say two teenagers beat him and left him for dead in his parked car.
Delbert Belton, nicknamed “Shorty” by his friends for his 5-foot-tall stature, was waiting for a friend Wednesday night at the Eagles Lodge on 6410 N. Lidgerwood St. Two men approached him in his car at random and beat him, police said. He was found with serious head injuries and was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
“I was going to surprise him last night and show up there, then I got the phone call telling me he was dead at Sacred Heart,” said Ted Denison, a friend of Belton. Read more. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR
Have you ever lost someone you cared about to violence?
Spokane Police have arrested one suspect in connection with the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert Belton, the department said Friday.
The juvenile male will face charges of first degree robbery and first degree murder, according to a release from the police department.
Belton was found outside the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood St. Wednesday night with head injuries. Police on Thursday released surveillance footage of two suspects, black males of average height and build dressed in all black who they said entered his car at random and beat him. Belton died of his injuries Thursday.
The suspect’s name is not being released because of his age. More information is expected later this morning.
This story is developing and more information will be added as available.
Best news of the morning. Won't be long until Spokane PD nails the other creep.
Surveillance photos of the 2 suspects.
An 89-year-old veteran is dead after he was attacked Wednesday night in North Spokane.
The victim, Delbert Belton, was a World War II veteran living in Spokane, according to his family.
Spokane Police said in a news release that they responded to a call of an assault at the Eagles Lodge, 6410 N. Lidgerwood. When they got there, they found Belton in his car with serious injuries to his head. He was taken to a local hospital where he died this morning from his injuries.
Police are searching for two teenagers described as black males, ages 16-19, both wearing dark clothing and one wearing a do-rag.
Major Crimes detectives are investigating and are asking that anyone with information about the crime to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
This makes me so angry and so sad. RIP Mr. Belton.