SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say investigators have discovered fingerprints linking two teenagers to the 88-year-old World War II veteran who was slain this past month outside a Spokane Eagles Lodge.
Police said Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, beat Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death Aug. 22 while he sat in his car, according to an affidavit.
Belton was found with serious head injuries and died in the hospital Wednesday, Aug. 21. Authorities called this a random attack.
KXLY-TV reported Belton was wounded during the Battle for Okinawa during World War II.
Investigators now say they found Glenn’s prints on the exterior rear driver’s side door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door. They also reported finding Adams-Kinard’s prints on the exterior driver’s door and the interior of the rear driver’s side passenger door, according to the affidavit.
Glenn and Adams-Kinard will be arraigned Sept. 12. Both face charges of first-degree murder and two charges of first-degree robbery. They are being tried as adults.
The Associated Press does not generally identify minors accused of a crime but is naming the teens because of the severity of the charges.
— The Spokesman and the Associated Press contributed information used in this KOIN.com report.