KREM obtains alleged Delbert Belton murder confession



Posted on October 2, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Sources close to Delbert Belton murder investigation released a letter on Wednesday where the writer confessed to beating the World War II veteran.

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KREM 2 News obtained a copy of the confession, which was allegedly signed by one of the teenagers accused of beating Delbert Belton to death. The World War II veteran was found beaten in a North Spokane parking lot in late August. He died the next day. Police later arrested two suspects, Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn.

Sources close to the investigation said the letter is allegedly signed by Kenan Adams-Kinard. The handwritten, single spaced, page long letter described how the suspect and Belton met and what transpired the night Belton was beaten.

The letter stated that a drug deal led to the deadly beating of Delbert “Shorty” Belton.

“I called Shorty, he told me to meet him at the ice area. It was the first time I ever met him. My intentions were to get a zip of crack and be on my way,” stated the alleged confession letter.

The author of the letter later claimed that things turned violent when Belton did not hold up his end of the bargain.

“He pushed my face and said go,” wrote the author.
The author of the letter claimed that is when they demanded their money back from Belton.  The letter stated that Belton screamed. The author said they punched Belton, took his wallet, and took off. .

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Adams-Kinard’s defense team denied that their client wrote the letter. They stated that a female most likely wrote the letter. At least two teenager girls are accused of helping Adams-Kinard hide from police.
Spokane police officers and prosecutors would not comment about the letter.

Adams-Kinard and Glenn, both 16-years-old, pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

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Court documents said Kenan Adams-Kinard's fingerprint was found on Belton's car's drivers side door. The documents also said Demetrius Glenn's prints were found on the interior of the driver's side passenger door. Two of his prints were also found on the exterior.