Prosecutors push to try Delbert Belton murder suspects together

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 19 at 4:19 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Police said Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard robbed and beat an 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton to death in an attack in August of 2013.

Prosecutors want to try the teenagers together. They said it would be of great benefit to Spokane County tax payers and save thousands of dollars if it was done together.

Prosecutors filed a motion to try the duo together Tuesday morning.

Major Crimes detectives said the two 16-year-olds accused of murdering 88-year-old Belton are both equally guilty.

Detectives claimed both Glenn and Adams-Kinard punched and beat Belton for no reason. Since they allegedly did the crime together, prosecutors want them tried together.

Defense attorneys said they do no want the trial to happen in Spokane. They said they are looking into filing a change of venue motion to get the whole case moved out of Spokane.

Prosecuting attornies said if the defense does file the change of venue motion then the judge will have to consider if there is bias against the accused.

Tucker said it will be up to the judge where the trial is moved. There is a hearing set for Thursday to decide whether or not the boys will be tried together.

Nothing has been filed to move the trial yet.
 

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