The PJ Tatler

Teenagers Arrested in Beating Death of 88 Year Old World War II Vet

A second arrest has been made in the beating death of Delbert “Shorty” Benton.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, the suspect in the robbery and murder of 88-year-old, WWII veteran, Delbert Belton, was arrested just after 3am Monday morning in a basement apartment at 500 W. Montgomery in Spokane without incident.

Good investigative work and follow up on dozens of tips led to the apprehension of the suspect 4 days after the initial incident.

Last week, Spokane police arrested another 16 year old in connection with the brutal killing. Both will be charged with 1st degree robbery and 1st degree murder.

Benton served in World War II and was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa. His killing during the course of an apparent robbery became a national story in the wake of the Oklahoma murder of Chris Lane. Actor James Woods was among the first to draw national attention to Benton’s murder.

No firearms were used in the murder. The two teens apparently beat the veteran to death with flashlights.