Trial pushed back for accused killers of WWII vet Delbert Belton

Trial pushed back for accused killers of WWII vet Delbert Belton

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 8:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The trial for the two teenagers accused of beating World War II Veteran Delbert Belton to death has been set for March.

The trial date had been tentatively set for November 4th before developments at Friday's pretrial.  The attorney for Adams-Kinard asked the judge for a delay.  A Spokane County judge then moved the trial date for both suspects to March 17th.

Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday to request trying 16-year-olds Demetrius Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard together.  The prosecutors said such a trial would save Spokane County tax payers thousands of dollars. 

On Friday, it appeared there was still a possibility the boys would be tried together, despite defense lawyers calling the prosecutors’ request “shocking.”

"The state filed the case, they should prepare to prosecute it on time. I understand it has forensic evidence and there is a delay in that, but that's not an excuse to not prosecute the case timely," Defense Attorney Chris Phelps said Thursday.

Detectives claimed both Glenn and Adams-Kinard punched and beat 88-year-old Belton for no reason outside the Eagles Lodge August 21st. Since they allegedly committed the crime together, prosecutors wanted the teenagers tried together.

Adams-Kinard and Glenn both face charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. They could face life in prison if convicted.

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