Teen Claims WWII Vet Killed Over Bad Crack Deal

Alleged murderer Adams-Kinard says victim was a dealer
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2013 6:28 AM CDT
This World War II-era photo provided by Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane shows veteran Delbert Belton.   (AP Photo/Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane)
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(Newser) One of the two Spokane teens charged with beating an 88-year-old WWII vet to death claims they committed the alleged attack after the victim ripped them off in a drug deal. Police say they found a letter written by Kenan Adams-Kinard; in it, the 16-year-old reportedly says he and Demetrius L. Glenn, also 16, were buying crack from Delbert "Shorty" Belton when Belton shorted them and things turned violent; Belton was found with serious head injuries. But friends of Belton deny that it's even a possibility. "Shorty never did no drugs," says one, who accused the teens of "smearing his name," the AP reports.

Adams-Kinard's bail was set at $3 million yesterday—$1 million more than Glenn's, because the court considers Adams-Kinard more of a flight risk (Glenn turned himself in; Adams-Kinard hid out for days)—and the judge ordered he be moved from juvenile facility to a county jail. They're charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery, and both have previous criminal records: Glenn attacked another teen with a nail-studded stick in 2011; Adams-Kinard pleaded guilty to theft and assault earlier this year after snatching a cellphone from a girl on a city bus. (Read more Kenan Adams-Kinard stories.)

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