WWII veteran murder suspect in court
Spokane, WA — Washington authorities catch the second suspect in the brutal murder of a World War II veteran. Jeff Humprey reports officials are still mystified over the violence of the crime.
Franan Straub, Spokane Police Chief, "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."
Chief Frank Straub credited the community with giving up the tips that led to Kenan Adams Kinard's arrest.
Even though the teen's friends were trying to hide the suspected killer in a basement apartment, police surrounded the place and arrested Adams Kinard
Franan Straub, "Police officers responded to an apartment in the 500 block of Montgomery in Spokane. Mr. Adams-Kinard was taken into custody without incident."
Straub is still at a loss how two 16 year-olds could be so savage in the course of what could have been a pretty straight forward holdup, but a closer look at the veteran's hand showed he fought off his attackers.
Franan Straub, "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 certainly encourage individuals to fight back."
Demetrius Glenn made a brief court appearance. The 16 year-old surrendered to police on the advice of his family and attorney.
Chris Phelps, Defense Attorney, "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 says 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."