Jury convicts ex-Marine in IU professor slaying - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Jury convicts ex-Marine in IU professor slaying


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- 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 has been convicted of murder.

A Monroe County Circuit Court jury late Thursday 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 faces 45 to 65 years in prison when sentenced.

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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