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Sirens & Gavels

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."

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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