SPOKANE, Wash. – It has been nearly one year since one of Spokane County’s most horrific crimes.
Two teenagers are accused of beating Delbert “Shorty” Belton, 88, to death. His friends remembered Belton’s life Friday night.
They gathered at Lariat Restaurant and Bar and put up a memorial on the wall. Friends said it did not matter if it was dawn during the week or the wee hours on the weekend, you could always find Belton there.
“He loved to dance and see how many single women were in here because he loved company,” said his friend Lori Geffre.
Geffre and her husband were with Belton for years. She said it is the fun memories that have helped her get through this tragedy.
After his death they had patrons sign a sympathy card in his honor.
Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard both faced charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery in connection to Belton’s death. They could face life in prison if convicted.