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16-year-olds plead not guilty in beating death of World War II veteran in Wash. state

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August 26, 2013: Demetrius Glenn, left, a teen that allegedly took part in the robbery and beating of 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton, listens to his lawyer, Christian J. Phelps, before a first appearance via video teleconference in District Court in Spokane, Wash. Glenn, who will be charged as an adult, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery and was ordered held on $2 million bail. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review)

Two 16-year-old boys are pleading not guilty in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane, Wash.

Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard entered the pleas Wednesday afternoon in separate appearances before Spokane County Superior Court Judge James Triplet.

The defendants said little else during their brief appearances.

They're accused of beating Delbert "Shorty" Belton to death outside an Eagles Lodge on Aug. 22. He had survived being shot in the leg in 1945 in the battle for Okinawa.

The judge set November trial dates for each of the defendants, who are being tried as adults.

They remain in jail on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. They face up to life in prison if convicted.

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