SPOKANE, Wash. -- A judge ruled the taped interview of the woman who found Delbert Belton the night he was beaten could be released to KREM 2 News.
Detectives claimed 16-year-olds Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard punched and beat 88-year-old World War II veteran Belton outside the Eagles Lodge on August 21, 2013. Belton died after the attack. Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard were arrested days after the attack and were still in custody in June.
A letter supposedly containing Adams-Kinard’s confession was later discovered, which claimed a drug deal led to the deadly beating of Delbert “Shorty” Belton.
In the interview obtained by KREM 2 News, the woman who found Belton, Natalie Flom, told police she had never known Belton to be associated with drugs.
"I never heard him talk about drugs or use drugs. He drank beer," said Flom, who claims to have been friends with Belton.
Flom said she had developed a close relationship with 88-year-old Belton. She said she knew his character well.
“We had coffee that morning...we have coffee every morning. The night before we played pool,” said Flom.
KREM 2 News had previously obtained 911 calls from the night Belton was killed, appearing to be from Flom.
Natalie: "I drove up and got out of the car. I went to get in there. He was choking on his own blood."
Dispatch: "They beat him up, did they have weapons?"
Natalie: "I don't know. I was just driving in I saw two black boys in all black running. They were running toward Division."
Adams-Kinard and Glenn both faced charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. They could face life in prison if convicted.