As if the horrific beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton wasn’t despicable enough, one of the teen suspects and his father, a convicted drug dealer in his own right, are intent on making it worse.
“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.”
Sixteen year-old murder suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard’s father, Steven Kinard–who apparently has his own history of cocaine use–is backing up his son’s claim. He claims Belton was well known in the cocaine dealing community. “He’s far from the World War II hero he’s been portrayed as… He poisoned the country and poisoned our kids,” Steven Kinard said.
The elder Kinard was sentenced to five years in prison in 2005 for two cocaine dealing convictions of his own. Friends and family of Delbert Belton are dismissing the charges against the dead veteran as totally without merit.
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.