Back in December 2009, I posted about gay Indiana University professor and author Don Belton (left), who was stabbed to death in his home by Michael Griffin, a decorated Marine who claims Belton sexually assaulted and raped him in front of his girlfriend while they were intoxicated. Belton was stabbed by Griffin two days later when the Marine went to confront the professor.
Griffin's trial is set to begin today in Bloomington.
The Indiana Daily Student reports:
"Belton, 53, taught creative writing for IU’s English department during the 2008-09 school year. He worked and lived in Philadelphia before coming to Indiana. Griffin, now 26, graduated from Bloomington High School South before serving in the Marine Corps, where he fought in the battle of Fallujah and earned a purple heart. Bloomington Police Department arrested Griffin, and he confessed to murdering Belton, according to the police affidavit. Monroe Circuit Judge Teresa Harper will oversee the trial, which is scheduled to take place every day this week in the Monroe County Justice Building."