Both suspects in the beating death of WWII vet Delbert Belton last week are in custody, with one being arrested early Monday morning and the other being told his bond was staying at $2 million Monday afternoon.
Monday morning members of the Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime Team, acting on a tip, arrested 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard after he was found hiding in a north Spokane apartment.
The other suspect in Belton's killing, 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn, made his first appearance in court Monday on murder and robbery charges.
Glenn and Adams-Kinard are no strangers to the criminal justice system. Glenn has been in court previously on charges ranging from assault to malicious mischief and driving without a license. Kinard-Adams stole a girl's cell phone on an STA bus and was later arrested for assault and theft.
Now the juveniles are facing adult charges for the robbery and killing of Delbert Belton, 88, who was beaten in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge last week.
"Today I would like to assure our community that the two individuals we believe we responsible for the robbery and murder of Mr. Belton have been taken into custody," Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said Monday morning, crediting the community with giving up the tips that led to Kenan Adams-Kinard's arrest.
Straub is at a loss how the two teens could be so savage in the course of what could have been a pretty straightforward robbery, but a closer look at Belton's hand indicated he went down fighting his attackers.
"Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this a more worse situation and I'm not being critical of Mr. Belton. I would encourage individuals to fight back," Straub said.
Monday afternoon Glenn, who surrendered to police last week on the advice of his family and attorney, made his first, brief court appearance.
"When the police are looking for you in a situation like this, there's no point to running away or trying to hide and wanted to get in front of this and we contacted law enforcement and he surrendered himself," Glenn's attorney Chris Phelps said.
Phelps added he doesn't know all the facts but thinks the public has been too quick to judge his client.
"There's no physical evidence at this point, there's no eyewitness evidence that indicates what happened to Mr. Belton and how that happened. The closest the affidavit it comes is that one individual saw two black males about 30 feet away from the car who ran off running and beyond that we don't know much," Phelps said.
Glenn has not made any statements to investigators on the incident on Phelps' advice.
During his court appearance, a judge kept Glenn's bond at $2 million.
Adams-Kinard, meanwhile, will also be prosecuted as an adult on murder and robbery charges and will likely make his first court appearance Tuesday.
While they will face charges as adults, both teens are being housed in juvenile detention right now.
Spokane County's policy is to house underage suspects, not matter what they are charged with, in juvenile detention until they turn 18. At that point they would be transferred from juvenile detention to the Spokane County Jail.
A memorial service for Delbert Belton has been scheduled for this Thursday at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, located at 211 Government Way, at noon. The memorial service is open to the public.