Suspects in Murder of Spokane, WA WWII Vet Delbert Belton Plead Not Guilty

By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News, September 12, 2013

Two Washington state teens accused of brutally beating to death an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane last month pleaded not guilty to all charges in court Thursday, NBC station KHQ reported.

Sixteen-year-old Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, also 16, are being tried as adults on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery.

Court documents claim the two attacked Delbert “Shorty” Belton in what investigators believe was a robbery attempt. The veteran was found Aug. 22 wedged between the seats of his car in the parking lot of an Eagles lodge in North Spokane.

Belton suffered severe blunt force injuries to his head and torso and died in what the Spokane County medical examiner’s office ruled was a homicide.

Belton’s daughter-in-law, Barbara Belton, told NBC News at the time that doctors said his face was battered so badly that they couldn’t stop the bleeding. The man had survived being shot in the leg in 1945 in the Battle of Okinawa.

Both Adams-Kinard and Glenn have criminal records on file in Spokane County Superior Court.

The judge set November trial dates for each teen.

According to KHQ, Adams-Kinard’s father said he supported his son’s not guilty plea. “He’s my son. I’m with him all the way,” the man said, according to the TV station.

But a friend of Delbert Belton said he hoped the two teenagers get the death penalty.

“They should get the death sentence,” Ted Denison said Thursday, according to KHQ. “Their family didn’t get to see Shorty, what he looked like after these kids got done. I did. And it’s not right.”

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