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Suspect Claims Vet Killed In Crack Deal Gone Bad

From NBC News:

Suspect in WWII vet slay: We were buying crack from victim

By Tracy Connor | August 27, 2013

One of the teens charged with beating to death a World War II veteran allegedly claimed he was buying crack cocaine from the 88-year-old and the transaction turned violent — but cops said there is no evidence to support that.

Still, notice that NBC News is finally getting around to reporting this story. Now that they have a ‘good angle’ on it.

The allegation was denounced as bizarre by victim Delbert “Shorty” Belton’s family and even dismissed by the defense lawyer for the other teen accused in the Spokane, Wash., case, which has drawn national attention.

Except in the mainstream media.

“That’s a bunch of crock,” daughter-in-law Barbara Belton told NBC News on Tuesday afternoon after suspect Kenan Adams-Kinard made his first court appearance to be charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

“He was a little senile, a little eccentric, but he was not into drugs,” she said, accusing the teen of concocting a self-serving story that would make the victim seem less sympathetic. “Of course these kids are going to make excuses.”

Ms. Belton better watch out. There is a lot of profiling going on in that paragraph. She could be brought up on charges.

Adams-Kinard and Demetruis Glenn, both 16, are accused of attacking Belton when he resisted a robbery attempt in the parking lot outside his Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge last Wednesday night. Both were charged as adults.

You see? Once again it was Belton’s fault for resisting a robbery.

The teens, who have previous convictions for assault, were caught on security cameras in the area at the time of the slaying, but Glenn’s lawyer said there are no eyewitnesses or forensic evidence tying them to the crime.

An affidavit from prosecutors says that while he was on the run for four days, Adams-Kinard told two friends that the beating was the result of a drug deal gone bad. Police seized a letter signed with Adams-Kinard’s name that gave a similar account.

The letter said that after buying a “zip of crack cocaine from Shorty,” the teens “proceeded to sock him.”

“I took his wallet and another ounce of crack from his pockets,” the letter said, according to the court document. “He was unconscious so I made sure he was still breathing, and then I took off."

The letter was purportedly an explanation the teen was writing to his mother, police said.

Was it written in cursive? What is it with these ‘teens’ writing to their mothers?

Spokane police said they doubted the drug-buying story, with spokeswoman Monique Cotton saying in a statement: “We have no evidence to support that.”

Even Glenn’s lawyer, Christian Phelps, said he was highly skeptical of the claim, which was disclosed during Adams-Kinard’s court appearance on Tuesday. “It doesn’t seem plausible to me,” Phelps said. “I wouldn’t put any stock in it at this point.”

Phelps also claimed "there are no eyewitnesses and no forensic evidence that links either of the kids to the crime."

Nitpickers. The police probably hid the evidence. Or snorted it.

Belton, who survived being shot in the Battle of Okinawa, was a widowed retiree who liked to dance and play pool at the lodge, according to friends.

His death has made headlines because of his age and war heroism. While some commentators have seized on the fact that the suspects were black and the victim was white, police have said race played no role.

Of course not. Only a racist "commentators" would think such a thing. (By the way, how long was Mr. Holder on the phone with the local police.)

But did NBC wait to report on this story until they got that assurance from the police?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Suspect Claims Vet Killed In Crack Deal Gone Bad”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I wish Shorty had been packin’ heat that night.
    It would have laid to rest my suspicions of what is considered a hate crime
    or victimization. What say you, Rev. Al?

  2. mr_bill says:

    Really? A crack deal? All the crack dealers I’ve seen on “Cops” look more like the accused than the victim.

    Why didn’t they just claim some “creepy ass cracka” was following them. They would have millions marching in the streets to defend their murder of a veteran.

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