The beating death of a decorated World War II veteran took a bizarre twist Tuesday.
Prosecutors said one of the two suspects has suggested that the victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, was selling crack cocaine outside the Eagles Lodge and shorted them.
Although prosecutors didn’t elaborate in court, Spokane police later said they’ve found nothing to support suspected killer Kenan Adams-Kinard’s drug dealing claims. Adams-Kinard, 16, is being held in lieu of $3 million bond on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in connection with last week’s confrontation.
The victim’s family reacted to the teen’s claims by describing them as ridiculous.I know there was already a link about this tragedy but it has derailed off into neverland. But I believe this has to be the most pathetic piece of BS that it deserves its own thread.Meanwhile, Adams-Kinard’s father, Steven Kinard, stands by his son’s claim, saying Belton was well known in the cocaine dealing community. He’s far from the World War II hero he’s been portrayed as, he said.
“He poisoned the country and poisoned our kids,” Steven Kinard said.
Kinard admits he has a history of cocaine addiction, and says he recognized Belton from his own experience and use. Kinard was sentenced to five years in prison in 2005 for two cocaine dealing convictions.
“I think everybody needs to look on the other side of the picture,” he said.
Please let there be a trial and the defendants use that defense. The prosecutor will rip them apart. Bring on the trial.
Murder suspect claims 88-year-old victim shorted him in drug deal - Spokesman.com - Aug. 27, 2013