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After World War II veteran Delbert Belton was found beaten to death outside of a lounge he frequented, investigators weren’t sure what the motive was.

But police are now saying the two teenage boys charged in the brutal murder fought him so fiercely because he was trying to fend off his attackers to stop the botched robbery.

The gruesome details about the beating are also coming to light. Police revealed that 16-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard and 16-year-old Demetrius Glenn were so enraged that Belton was fighting back, that they beat him into submission with big, heavy flashlights.

“Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this, you know, a worse situation,” said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub in a Monday press conference.

Straub was quick to maintain Belton’s innocence in the matter.

“I’m not being critical of Mr. Belton,” he clarified. “We certainly encourage individuals to fight back, and he should have. But it shouldn’t have happened to begin with.”

Both teens are now in custody and have been charged. Several others have also been arrested after being found with Adams-Kinard, who was hiding from police for four days. And a judge set Glenn’s bail at $2 million because of the brutality of the attack.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest with this case. May Belton rest in perfect peace.

SOURCE: Daily Mail