Delbert Belton, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, died Thursday after being beaten to death by two teenagers. According to witnesses, Mr. Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Washington, about to go inside to play pool when he was attacked.
Police confirmed the arrest of one of the suspects on Friday, but the other is still on the loose.
Police have released descriptions of both suspects, as well as surveillance images. They are African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19, who were dressed in black clothing.
The teen who was arrested this morning was charged with first degree robbery and first degree murder.
I can’t believe these teenagers killed for a robbery. So senseless. The CNN article I linked below has some really nice interviews with Mr. Belton’s friends about what a great guy he was.
UPDATE: 8/26 8:06 AM
Police arrested the second suspect earlier this morning, 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard. He and 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn are both being charged with first degree robbery and first degree murder. Adams-Kinard was arrested without incident.
UPDATE: 9/10 4:01 PM
Investigators are saying that the fingerprints of the two suspects were found on both the interior and exterior of Delbert Belton’s car.
Attorneys for the suspects told the court last week that Belton had “shorted” the teens during an alleged crack deal, prompting the attack, a claim I find absolutely ridiculous.
UPDATE: 9/23/13 3:52 PM
Both suspects have pleaded not guilty.
UPDATE: 10/21/13 2:16 PM
The trial for both suspects has been pushed back to March 2014, with pre-trial hearings scheduled for February. Both are expected to be tried together.
UPDATE: 11/26/13 10:28 AM
Both Adams-Kinard and Glenn have been placed in protective custody, after a judge learned that a $10,000 bounty has been placed on them by the Aryan Brotherhood.
The Aryan Brotherhood has members in prisons all throughout the country, so both teens are in pretty grave danger if the bounty is true.
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