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Photo: courtesy Monroe County Jail
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.