Guilty verdict in IU professor murder

Michael Griffin

BLOOMINGTON - An ex-Marine who told jurors he was raped by a gay Indiana University professor he had considered a friend and killed him in a rage was convicted of murder Thursday night.

A Monroe County Circuit Court jury found Michael Griffin guilty of murder, deciding that he intended to kill Don Belton when he stabbed him 22 times in December 2009.

The verdict came after about 12 hours of deliberations. The 26-year-old Griffin faces a possible sentence of 45 to 65 years in prison.

Griffin testified Wednesday that he didn't remember stabbing the 53-year-old Belton. Jurors could have convicted him of the lesser voluntary manslaughter if they found the killing was committed in the heat of anger.

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