A community waiting for justice in the beating death of an 88-year-old WWII veteran will have to wait a little longer as the case against one of the suspects has been pushed back to next year.
On Friday the two juvenile suspects in Delbert Belton's killing, Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn, made a pre-trial appearance in a packed juvenile courtroom.
Their trial, which was set for early next month has now been pushed back to mid-March of next year because, while both defendants are being tried for the same crime they are each up against a very different set of circumstances.
Earlier this week both of those young men learned they would be tried together as adults and Adams-Kinard's attorney asked the court for a continuance. The state's case against his client involves circumstantial evidence and he wants time to prepare his defense. That continuance was granted and a new trial date was set for March 17
Glenn's attorney would have preferred the trial go forward as scheduled in two weeks, but did not formally object to the continuance. He may still make a motion to have the two tried separately.
In August, Delbert 'Shorty' Belton was beaten in his car in the parking lot of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Lodge. He died a few hours later in a Spokane hospital. Within days, police identified and subsequently arrested Glenn and Adams-Kinard for Belton's killing.