Police Finish Arrests, Bail Set For First Suspect In Vet Killing

Aug 27, 2013

A judge in Spokane has set a steep bail for the first of two 16-year-old males charged with 1st degree robbery and 1st degree murder. Both males are accused of robbing and beating to death 88-year old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran.

Bail is set at two-million dollars for the teen, and he will be tried as an adult. He made his initial court appearance in Spokane Monday, after turning himself in to police last Thursday. Early Monday Spokane Police arrested the second murder suspect, following help from his family members. He has his first court appearance Tuesday. Three friends of the suspect were also arrested for helping him evade police. Police Chief Frank Straub believes they have arrested everyone connected with the killing.

Straub: “Two young men, whose lives and the lives of their family are ruined by criminal activity. This is not a law enforcement issue, this is a community issue, it’s a family issue. We have to wrap our arms around our children. And then we as a community have that same obligation.”

Veteran Delbert Belton died Thursday at a hospital from severe face and head wounds. He survived a leg injury during World War II at the fierce Okinawa battle. Belton was born and raised in Spokane and worked at Kaiser Aluminum for more than 30 years.

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