SPOKANE, Wash. -- The family of murdered World War II veteran Delbert Belton says drug accusations made against the man were ludacris and hurtful.
Detectives interviewed several friends of accused killer Kenan Adams-Kinard who said the 16-year-old confessed to killing Belton, 88, because the victim had shorted Adams-Kinard on a drug deal.
“It's absolutely ridiculous,“ said Belton’s daughter-in-law Barb Belton. “The man was certainly never into drugs.”
Barb said Delbert probably did not know what crack cocaine even was.
A confession note allegedly signed by Adams-Kinard, however, said he and another teen accused in the case, 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn, planned to meet Belton to buy crack cocaine the night of the murder. The author of the confession note stated the killers “socked” Delbert Belton three times before robbing him.
The letter also said Belton was unconscious but breathing when the killers took off.
Belton was found dead in the Eagle’s Lodge parking lot August 21.
The victim’s family said they were upset by the accusations in the letter.
“He's dead, he can't speak out for himself, and we only know what the boys know,” Barb Belton said. “If they aren't going to tell the truth, we'll never really know.”
The lawyer for Adams-Kinard’s co-defendant said he is skeptical of the claims made in the alleged confession note, arguing it did not seem plausible.