|Teen Arrested in Beating Death of WWII Vet|
|By RUSSELL GOLDMAN (@GoldmanRussell)||Aug 26, 2013, 12:21 PM|
Police in Washington State early this morning arrested a second teenager accused of robbing and "severely" beating to death a World War II veteran, ending one of the state's longest manhunts for a juvenile offender.
The arrest of Kenan Adams-Kinard, 16, ended a four-day dragnet. He has been charged with first degree robbery and first degree murder.
Adams-Kinard is believed to have received help while on the lam, according to police.
"Several other people with him have been arrested for rendering criminal assistance," according to Spokane Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton.
Adams-Kinard and another juvenile, who police have not named, are accused of killing Delbert Belton, 88, a veteran and pensioner, outside an Eagles lodge in Spokane last Wednesday night.
Belton was "severely beaten to face and head," Cotton said.
Belton was taken to a nearby hospital, but died from his injuries Thursday. That same day police apprehended the first of the two teens. Police did not release that boy's identity, but confirmed he is also 16 and has been charged with robbery and murder.
Belton is white and the assailants were black, but police say they do not believe the crime was racially motivated.
Police issued a wanted poster for Adams-Kinard last week and called on him to turn himself in.
Two teens were seen beating the elderly man by an eyewitness and were recorded by a surveillance camera.
Belton's sister, Alberta Tosh, told the Associated Press Belton was born and raised in Washington before joining the Army. He said he was shot in the leg on Okinawa, site of one of the fiercest battles of the war in 1945.