Accused Murderer Griffin Appears in Court, Next Hearing Oct. 14

The man accused of killing Indiana University professor Don Belton had a pre-trial conference in Monroe Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

  • Home of IU Professor Don Belton

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    The man accused of murdering IU Professor Don Belton had a pretrial conference Monday.

  • Michael Griffin

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    Photo: courtesy Monroe County Jail

    26-year old Michael Griffin is accused of stabbing IU English professor Don Belton to death in December.

The man accused of killing Indiana University professor Don Belton had a pretrial conference in Monroe Circuit Court Monday afternoon.

Clad in an orange jumpsuit with sleeves not quite long enough to hide his tattooed arms and wearing a thick brown beard, Michael Griffin spoke only briefly with judge Teresa Harper and the public defender representing him, David Collins.

Griffin’s next hearing in his murder case is October 14, with his jury trial still on schedule for December 20.  He was arrested and charged with killing English professor Don Belton at Belton’s home in late December.

Griffin, 26, alleges Belton — who was 53 at the time of his death — sexually assaulted him prior to the stabbing.

On Monday, Judge Harper asked Collins if he thought Griffin’s trial would take more than the three days it’s currently scheduled – a question Collins said he couldn’t answer yet.

Calls to Collins’s office seeking an interview went unreturned.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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