SPOKANE, Wash – Spokane Police say that Demetrius Glenn, the suspect arrested and charged with the killing of 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert Belton, has claimed self-defense and may receive a provisional release from custody pending further evidence in the case.
Police have yet to apprehend a second suspect in the case that they identified as Kenan Adams-Kinard, a 16-year-old African American male.
Glenn admitted to police during questioning that he and Adams-Kinard robbed and killed Belton, whose street name is “Shorty,” but he claims the two felt threatened before confronting Belton.
The incident took place outside of the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, an area frequented by veterans with violent histories stemming from their involvement in WWII.
“It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault,” Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.
Griffiths added, “On the other hand, the Spokane Police Department must honor the suspect’s claim to self-defense. We are currently awaiting more evidence to get a better understanding of who instigated the attack.”
A background check on Belton revealed that he was in an altercation during the Battle of Okinawa and suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Friends say he had a habitual pool habit, which he was on his way to indulge before the alleged attack.
Neighbors say that the two boys were “fixtures in the community.” Adams-Kinard’s Facebook page revealed he is a junior Lewis and Clarke High School and loves the rapper Chief Keef.
Some witnesses claimed to have seen Glenn and Adams-Kinard beat Belton with heavy flashlights, but another witness said that the light was disorienting and that the boys may have been defending themselves.
Police discovered a cut on Glenn’s hand during his arrest, presumably from contact with Belton’s body.
Several Facebook pages have been created that call for “Justice for Delbert Belton,” along with a “We the People” petition urging President Obama to publically address the incident, as white people everywhere are talking about how nobody is talking about the fact that the suspects are black and the victim was white.