SPOKANE, Wash. - A 16-year-old Spokane boy will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old veteran of World War II.
The courtroom was packed Monday for the first appearance of 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn with friends and family of both Delbert Belton and Demetrius Glenn.
Glenn is charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery in Spokane County District Court. Judge Richard Leland kept bail at $2 million for Glenn.
"Because of the egregious facts, because of the vulnerability of this particular individual, because of the particular violence, the court will be maintaining the bond in the amount of $2 million dollars," said Judge Leland in Spokane County District Court.
First appearances of this nature are usually held in Spokane County Superior Court; however, Glenn's was held in Spokane County District Court Monday to speed up the trail.
The teen turned himself in last Thursday night, the same day that 88-year-old Army veteran Delbert Belton died of his injuries.
If Glenn is convicted of first degree murder and first degree robbery, he could face life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
"Right now the evidence doesn't indicate what happened," said Demetrius Glenn's Attorney Christian Phelps. "We obviously have the injuries and the death of Mr. Belton, but beyond that we don't have any evidence that implicates either one of these kids directly."
A second 16-year-old boy was arrested earlier Monday morning. Kenan Adams-Kinard will appear in court on Tuesday and he and will also be tried as an adult. He also faces first degree murder and first degree robbery charges.
According to court documents, both Glenn and Adams-Kinard were identified in surveillance video from other businesses in the area on the night of the attack.
Glenn turned himself in last Thursday and court documents say that during evidence collection, detectives found a small cut on the knuckle of his right ring finger and a small abrasion on his right index finger.