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Delbert Belton murder suspect expected to change plea on Wednesday

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Sources close to the case tell KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus that Kenan Adams-Kinard is expected to change his not guilty plea to guilty for the murder of Delbert Belton. In exchange prosecutors will drop the lesser changes against Kinard for theft and assault. 

No party has yet agreed to the deal and Kinard has yet to officially change his plea in front of a judge. Both Adams Kinard and Demetrius Glenn are charged with the murder of 88 year old WWII veteran Delbert Belton in August of 2013. Their trial was expected to begin January 12, 2015. Adams-Kinard is expected to change his plea in front of a judge on Wednesday.

As part of the on going investigation sources say Kinard was evaluated by a doctor in accordance to a 2012 Supreme Court ruling in Alabama which looked at sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole for crimes they committed. 

The court ruled 5-4 that it was unconstitutional to impose a mandatory life sentence for someone under the age of 18. As of Monday defense attorneys were still waiting for the results of that report. Adams-Kinard and Glenn were both 16 at the time of the murder. Both boys are accused of beating Delbert Belton to death in his car in North Spokane in August of 2013.

It's not clear how if at all the expected plea change will change the fate of Demetrius Glenn. Both teens were set to be tried together on murder charges next week.

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