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

(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.

This World War II-era photo provided by Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane shows veteran Delbert Belton.
This World War II-era photo provided by Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane shows veteran Delbert Belton.   (AP Photo/Heritage Funeral Home of Spokane)
Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16.
Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16.   (AP Photo/Spokane Police)
Demetrius Glenn  is moved swiftly back to the juvenile detention center near the Spokane County Courthouse.
Demetrius Glenn is moved swiftly back to the juvenile detention center near the Spokane County Courthouse.   (AP/The Spokesman-Review, Jesse Tinsley)
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