The two Spokane, Washington 16-year-old boys accused of brutally beating to death an 88-year-old World War II veteran last month have each entered not guilty pleas. This despite fingerprint evidence on Delbert Belton’s car that places both Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard at the scene of the crime, where the elderly man was found dead and wedged between the two front seats.
The boys will stand trial separately in November and both will be tried as adults in this case that has sparked nationwide outrage. The teens said little during their separate appearances Thursday before Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet.
They are accused of beating Delbert ‘Shorty’ Belton to death with flashlights in his car outside an Eagles Lodge in Spokane August 22.
Investigators allegedly found Glenn’s prints on the outside of the car and the inside of the passenger door behind the driver’s seat, according to Fox News. Prints said to belong to Adams-Kinard were found on the outside of the driver’s door and inside of the back passenger door, the affidavit said.
The teenagers face charges of first-degree murder and two charges of first-degree robbery. They could face life in prison if convicted.
Belton’s body was found wedged between the front bucket seats, with his lower body folded into the back seat.
A letter found at the home where Adams-Kinard was arrested said they punched Belton three times before taking his wallet and drugs from his pockets, authorities said.
The letter indicated Adams-Kinard had called Belton and arranged to buy crack cocaine. However, police have said there was no evidence that Belton was a drug dealer.
Glenn, who turned himself in, was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, and his trial was set for November 9.
Adams-Kinard, who is suspected of hiding from police after the slaying, is jailed on $3 million bail. His trial is set for November 4.
Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn both have previous convictions for assault and were caught on security cameras at the time of the killing.
Glenn gave himself up immediately to the police, but Adams-Kinard went on the run for four days and allegedly told friends during his time in hiding that the beating occurred because of a drug deal gone wrong.