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Delbert Belton Murder Update: Bail set at $3 million for second teen suspect in beating death of WWII veteran

Delbert Belton KREM

Delbert Belton
KREM
(CBS/AP) SPOKANE, Wash. -- Bail has been set at $3 million for a 16-year-old boy arrested in the beating death of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton outside a Washington Ice-A-Rena.

Spokane County District Judge Debra Hayes on Tuesday also ordered Kenan Adams-Kinard moved from a juvenile jail to the Spokane County Jail. He will be tried as an adult and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

On Monday, bail was set at $2 million for another 16-year-old, Demetrius L. Glenn.

Both teens are charged in last week's beating death of Delbert Belton, who survived the Battle of Okinawa.

But Hayes says Adams-Kinard is more of a flight risk if he's released. The judge noted that Glenn turned himself in, while Adams-Kinard hid out for days before he was arrested early Monday.

Both teens face charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Police say the 88-year-old Belton was beaten to death Wednesday by two teens during an apparent robbery as he was waiting outside the Eagles Ice-A-Rena for a friend.

Authorities say the two teens attacked Belton in his car, apparently at random. His family told CBS affiliate KREM after the attack that the vet was beaten with "big heavy flashlights."

"The two individuals we believe are responsible for the robbery and murder of Mr. Belton are in custody," Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said at a news conference Monday. Straub said that Belton apparently fought back against his assailants, which may have increased the severity of the beating.

Belton is expected to be laid to rest this week with full military honors.

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