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Ex-Marine convicted in stabbing death of gay Indiana professor

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Michael Griffin

A jury in Indiana has convicted Michael Griffin, an ex-Marine, for the murder of 53-year-old Don Belton, an openly gay professor at Indiana University.

Griffin admitted to jurors that he killed Belton in December 2009 by stabbing him 22 times with a knife that had a 10-inch-long, double-edged blade.

Griffin had claimed Belton, an assistant English professor, raped him on Dec. 25, 2009, after a day of heavy drinking at Belton’s Bloomington home.

He said he killed Belton two days later in a rage when he confronted him about the alleged assault.

The verdict came after 12 hours of deliberations. Griffin, now 27, faces a maximum sentence of 65 years.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. no rape if you like it. anyway… he should get a death penalty!

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:59pm
  2. awwwwwwwwwwww! hes so damn cute!! to bad…

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:06pm
  3. Michael Griffin, you are a disgrace to the Unites States Marine Corps and the United States Military! May you rot in jail and Hell for eternity!

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:07pm
  4. Murderous retards of society may think they are serving some higher ideal and for the greater good by their ignorant actions (e.g. the murder of gays).

    Not only is their rationale grossly delusional, to say little about being criminal, it forces those of us in the LGBT community to be extra perceptive to our surroundings — for the sake of hazard avoidance [time and chance affecting us all] and simple basic prudence.

    Preferably, if any party subject to violence from the life-denying ignorance as manifested in the felon convicted, the protection of biblical Psalm 91 offers complete protection… but only to those relative few in the world who believe in the psalm’s divinely charged capacity to protect anyone in the faith.

    Yes, there is a spirit world and heavenly angels really do exist.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:15pm
  5. Murderous retards of society may think they are serving some higher ideal and for the greater good by their ignorant actions (e.g. the murder of gays).

    Not only is their rationale grossly delusional, to say little about being criminal, it forces those of us in the LGBT community to be extra perceptive to our surroundings — for the sake of hazard avoidance [time and chance affecting us all] and simple basic prudence.

    Preferably, if any party subject to violence from the life-denying ignorance as manifested in the felon convicted, the protection of biblical Psalm 91 offers complete protection… but only to those relative few in the world who believe in the psalm’s divinely charged capacity to protect anyone in the faith.

    Yes, there is a spirit world and heavenly angels really do exist.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:15pm
  6. Scratch the surface of a homophobe, and we find a guy who’s questioning… And, yes. Too bad.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:19pm
  7. Scratch the surface of a homophobe, and we find a guy who’s questioning… And, yes. Too bad.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:19pm
  8. The related story “Prosecutors charge ex-Marine in slaying of gay Indiana professor” says the guy stabbed Prof. Belton 6 times; this story says 22 times. Perhaps lgbtqnation could post a clarification.

    Editor’s Note: The information in the first story (stabbed 6 times) is based on what was reported by authorities in 2009. The updated information (stabbed 22 times) is based on information revealed at trial in 2011.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:42pm
  9. I knew Don, he was a very nice guy.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 1:50pm
  10. What are doing drinking with your professor in the first place?

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 3:12pm
  11. @Mary Maggie hedrick ~ I’m sad to hear that although most of the most hateful people are good people in everyday life. Sad that he chose to be so hateful as to end a life of an obviously powerful and influential Human Being.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:22pm
  12. @Mary Maggie hedrick ~ I’m sad to hear that although most of the most hateful people are good people in everyday life. Sad that he chose to be so hateful as to end a life of an obviously powerful and influential Human Being.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:22pm
  13. This one really is complicated. If he was assaulted then this really is a sad state of affairs, if he had a consensual encounter and then regretted it. This is much more sad than the majority of violence stories we hear.

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:49pm
  14. how ironic

    Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 6:33pm
  15. Does anyone really think that an “English professor” couldn’t be stopped by one of the few, the proud, a MARINE? Marines are used to taking orders and doing what they’re told. This makes them excellent candidates for the “bottom” position, which they love.

    Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:43am
  16. I’ve slept with quite a few gay marines. Even passed out, they would have been able to overpower me if they had wanted to. But they were enjoying it to much!

    Posted on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 7:41pm
  17. No one is looking at what the Professor allegedly did. Rape is rape whether between two men, two women, or a man and woman. If it were a man raping a woman, I wonder if these comments would read the same…….Rape is Rape people…Sounds like there are alot of violaters posting responses and not the violated!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:56am