Delbert Belton murder suspects could be tried in November

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The two teenagers accused of beating World War II Veteran Delbert Belton to death made appearances in court Thursday to hear if they would be tried together in the murder case.

Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday to request trying 16-year-olds Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard together.  The prosecutors said such a trial would save Spokane County tax payers thousands of dollars. 

Detectives claimed both Glenn and Adams-Kinard punched and beat 88-year-old Belton for no reason outside the Eagles Lodge back in August. Since they allegedly committed the crime together, prosecutors wanted them tried together.

On Thursday, the case was ordered moved to a trial judge.  The tentative start date for the trial was set for November 4th.

Defense lawyers also said Thursday they would not seek a continuance which could have delayed the trial.  A delay was not out of the question, however, as experts were still awaiting DNA test results.

"The state filed the case, they should prepare to prosecute it on time. I understand it has forensic evidence and there is a delay in that, but that's not an excuse to not prosecute the case timely," said Defense Attorney, Chris Phelps.

A pretrial was scheduled for Friday.  Prosecutors would have the opportunity to ask for a continuance then.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys said they did not want the trial to happen in Spokane. The lawyers were looking into filing a change of venue motion to get the case moved out of the city.

A judge will give a decision on if the boys will be tried together on Friday at 10 a.m.

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