A 16 year old has been charged as an adult and police are seeking a second teen in the beating death of 88-year old Delbert "Shorty" Belton Wednesday night in Spokane, WA according to a report from the Associated Press.
Police state the Belton, a veteran and Purple Heart recipient of the Battle of Okinawa, was randomly targeted by the teens while waiting in his car for a friend outside of an Eagles Lodge.
He was found suffering from severe head injuries and later died at a local hospital.
Demetrius Glenn turned himself in to Spokane Police Thursday night accompanied by his lawyer. He is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and will appear in court on Monday facing those charges as an adult.
Still at-large is a second 16 year old identified as Kenan D. Adams-Kinard who is wanted also for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Although a juvenile, Adams-Kinard has been identified because he is considered a danger to the community according to police.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub stated that the suspects are black and Belton is white but race is not considered a factor in the crime. He feels that the victim was targeted because of his age and vulnerability.
Belton, a Spokane native, joined the Army during World War II and was shot in the leg at the Battle of Okinawa, considered to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war.
After the war, Belton worked for Kaiser Aluminum for 33 years, retiring in 1982.
He was nicknamed "Shorty" due to the fact he was about 5 feet tall.