The murder of Delbert Belton, an 88-year-old WWII veteran who was wounded at the bloody 1945 Battle of Okinawa, was one of the more heart-wrenching and outrageous crimes in recent memory.
Accused of the crime are two 16-year-olds, Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, who allegedly beat the feisty war hero to death as he fought them off in the parking lot of a Spokane, Wash., ice rink while the pair tried to rob him.
So when after their arrests, one of the Spokane teens was quickly placed in protective custody rather than forced to wait in juvenile detention like any common underage criminal, the public wondered why.
Now, as the two accused killers await their trial, scheduled for March 17, newly revealed court documents make the reason clear. The judge in the case was worried that the accused killer would himself be killed as he was led through an open courtyard between the courthouse and a juvenile detention center.
It turns out, neo-Nazis placed a bounty on the two teenagers.
On Aug. 27, less than a week after the arrests, Spokane police Sergeant Tom Hill said that he had received intelligence indicating that the white supremacist prison gang known as the Aryan Brotherhood was offering $10,000 to anyone who could kill the two African American teens accused of Belton’s murder.
District Court Judge Debra Hayes then ordered that Adams-Kinard be held on $3 million bond in Spokane County Jail. His defense lawyer objected at the time, saying that Washington law prohibits holding juveniles in an adult facility, except under certain conditions.
Hayes said she feared “tragic results” if the youth was moved through the open courtyard, which at the time was filled with boisterous supporters of the alleged teen killers.
It was Adams-Kinard who police say wrote a letter explaining the crime, in which he audaciously claimed that the octogenarian war vet, who stood barely over five feet tall, was trying to sell crack to the teens.