The White Supremacist group known as the Aryan Brotherhood have put out a $10,000 hit on two black teenagers accused of beating an elderly World War II veteran to death. Two 16-year-old teenagers from Washington, Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn, are being accused of murder after allegedly beating Delbert Belton to death in a parking lot last August.
Prosecutors are calling the tragedy a robbery that ended in murder. Adams-Kinard and Glenn said they beat Belton after a crack cocaine deal went bad; the World War II veteran died days later from injuries related to the attack. The teens are scheduled to go to trial in March, but it’s unclear whether they will be tried as adults.
In order to avoid the “tragic” results that the bounty from the white supremacist group could bring, District Court Judge Debra Hayes moved Adams-Kinard and Glenn into protective adult custody, where they will likely remain until their trial. The judge had previously held Adams-Kinard in Spokane County Jail on $3 million bond, but Glenn’s attorney said they are both in the Juvenile Detention Center.
However, the defense attorney for Adams-Kinard actually objected to the protective custody move, claiming state law prevented the teenager from being housed with adult inmates unless certain conditions were met. The Aryan Brotherhood has not publicly commented on the reported bounty.
The Aryan Brotherhood currently has about 20,000 members both in and out of the prison system. Although they make up less than 0.1 percent of the prison population, they are responsible for up to 20 percent of murders in the federal prison system.