Delbert Belton’s Family And Police React To Second Murder ArrestPosted: Updated:
After following up on tips all weekend, and working closely with Kenan Adams-Kinard's family and faith community, Spokane Police arrested the 16-year-old early Monday morning.
He was found in a basement apartment in the 500 block of West Montgomery, after being on the run from police ever since Wednesday night's brutal beating that lead to the death of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old World War II veteran.
"Today I would like to assure our community the two individuals responsible have been taken into custody," Chief Frank Straub said at a press conference Monday morning.
The other suspect, Demetruis Glenn, 16, turned himself in on Friday. Both teens are facing charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.
"I would like to make it very clear the motive for this attack was robbery, race was not a factor. Additionally there was no gang activity associated with this attack," Straub added, saying that Belton's wallet was found not far from where the attack happened.
While he could not comment on specifics of the investigation, Straub said the department believes they have a very strong case against both teenagers.
"It bothers me that a distinguished World War II veteran lost his life," Straub said. "He nearly lost his life in Okinawa, then is killed needlessly in a parking lot while he waits for a friend."
The second arrest is very good news for Barbara Belton, Delbert's daughter-in-law.
"I'm glad, I'm hopeful that he will be given a court trial, a fair trial, and will be duly punished," she told KHQ's Kelsey Watts. "I have said all along, I don't want this to be a racial thing, I don't want this to be a vigilante thing. You do the crime, you serve the time. And young people today – it really upsets me how they feel they can just do whatever they want to whoever they want and it doesn't matter. I think that's really sad."
Barbara Belton spent her morning planning her father-in-law's service at North Hills Christian Church. She's been fielding calls from all over the world ever since the attack Wednesday, and on the morning after the attack, she had to break the news to her own husband, Bill – Delbert's only child.
"I came in and I said, ‘I have some bad news, something's happened to your father,' and he broke down," she said.
Now that both murder suspects have been arrested, she has a message for them:
"I hope they understand the magnitude of what they did, that they are somewhat sorry or remorseful for having done this," she added.
KHQ's Kelsey Watts also spoke with Delbert Belton's sister, Edna, who said she feels "100 percent better" now that the second arrest has been made.