While many have condemned the two teens who have been charged with WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton, some have come out publicly in support of the teens, using Facebook as the platform to voice their support.
Belton was beaten to death last month in what police believe was a robbery gone wrong. Two 16-year-olds, Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, have been charged in the murder. One of the teens -- Adams-Kinard -- has admitted to hitting Shorty Belton, punches that killed the man as he sat in his car.
While most are condemning the attack, some are coming out publicly to support the teen suspects.
A Support Kenan Kinard Facebook page was created late Thursday night, just hours after Adams-Kinard and Glenn entered not guilty pleas in front of a packed courtroom.
The page features two pictures of Adams-Kinard, one of him as a baby, the other, a more recent shot. The creator has asked for prayers and even posted a bible verse but, mostly, the page is filled with angry posts from people who say Adams-Kinard is a murderer and doesn't deserve any kind of support.
While the suspects had friends and family on their side in the courtroom Thursday, the more vocal support came for swift punishment from the friends of Shorty.
"The kid writes a letter to his mom admitting this crap and now they are going to plead not guilty. That's bull. It's just one of those things I don't agree with at all," Shorty's friend Ted Denison said.
Both suspects are 16 but are being charges as adults. Their trials were set Thursday for November 4 but it is very unlikely that court date will hold.
In the meantime. Facebook pages like this one prove, this case will continue to be a lightning rod in this community.
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