Murder suspect claims he met Delbert Belton to buy drugs



Posted on August 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- One of the teenagers accused of beating a World War II veteran to death is being held on $3 million bail. A Spokane judge set Kenan Adams-Kinard’s bail Tuesday afternoon.

Adams-Kinard, 16, was arrested Monday morning in a North Spokane home near Montgomery and Stevens . He is one of two teenagers charged with the beating death of Delbert Belton, 88.

In court, the suspect claimed that he and Demetrius Glenn met Delbert Belton to buy crack. Kinard said Belton shorted them and that's what initiated the attack.

Police said they have no evidence to support such a claim. Investigators called the claim “ridiculous.” Authorities are convinced this was a robbery that got out of control and there is no evidence to indicate the two suspects knew Belton.

The judge said Kinard had shown himself to be a "flight risk.

Federal Agents, Major Crimes Detectives and undercover officers were on hand for Kinard's court apperance to keep things under control.

Glenn, 16, made his first court appearance Monday.  He is being charged as an adult and his bail was set at $2 million.  Both suspects are accused of First Degree Murder and First Degree Robbery.

WATCH: Demetrius Glenn’s court appearance
Police arrested Demetrius Glenn on Thursday night in Spokane. Officers said Glenn was one of two teenagers who beat Belton, a World War II veteran, in the Eagle’s Lodge parking lot on Wednesday evening. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said he believes Glenn and the second suspect were trying to rob the victim.

Detectives said Glenn had cuts on his hands consistent with a beating.Investigators also said they have security video from several area businesses with the teens on it.