SPOKANE, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Two black teenagers accused of fatally beating an 88-year-old World War II veteran during a robbery reportedly are being targeted by a white supremacist group.
The Spokesman-Review reports that court records show that police found that the Aryan Brotherhood put a $10,000 bounty on Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, and Demetrius Glenn, 16. The teens are accused of fatally beating 88-year-old Delbert Belton in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge in August.
During an August hearing, District Court Judge Debra Hayes was told by Spokane Police Sgt. Tom Hill that he was informed that the California-based white supremacist group placed a bounty on the two young suspects.
According to The Spokesman-Review, Hayes told Adams-Kinard’s defense attorney the reason the teen was moved to protective adult custody instead of returning to a juvenile detention center was to avoid “tragic results” having him being led through an open courtyard.
The teens are reportedly being held at the Spokane County Jail. Both are charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. The charges carry a potential life sentence.
Police said Belton, who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, was beaten in his vehicle as he waited for a friend in the parking lot of an Eagles Lodge in north Spokane. Officers found Belton with serious head injuries, and his wallet had been taken. He died in the hospital.
Court records show that in 2011, Glenn and people he was with surrounded and confronted another teenager in a park because they saw a black bandana on the ground, which they took as an act of disrespect. Glenn was convicted of assault, riot and obstruction after attacking the person with a stick or bat studded with nails. He was placed on probation and later agreed to pay restitution.
Earlier this year, Glenn had two run-ins with law enforcement. On Feb. 9, he was charged with malicious mischief after damaging a garage door, and on March 18, he was arrested and charged with driving without a license.
Adams-Kinard was also arrested earlier this year after snatching a cellphone from a girl on a city bus. The girl suffered scratches on her hand, and Adams-Kinard pleaded guilty to theft and assault.
Belton was born and raised in Spokane. He survived being shot in the leg in 1945 at Okinawa, one of the fiercest battles of the war, and went on to spend 33 years working for Kaiser Aluminum before retiring in 1982.
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