More on the shocking murder of Don Belton, the gifted black gay writer and beloved Indiana University professor who was brutally stabbed to death over the holidays. Michael J. Griffin, the 25-year-old former Marine who admits to killing the English professor, has claimed Belton sexually assaulted him on Christmas Day and he returned two days later seeking an "apology." Griffin has plead not guilty and is being held without bond.
Virtual tributes are coming in from those who knew Don Belton. John Keene posts an excellent obituary, fellow writer Lev Raphael remembers going on book tour with Belton and Reggie Harris essays Belton's significance among LGBT writers.
Meanwhile: Hundreds of students, colleagues and friends attended a New Year's Day candlelight vigil for the slain professor. Says bookstore owner John McGuigan: "The circumstances of his death were tragic and we want to make sure that his life is celebrated, more so than his death." Many friends of Don Belton have found Griffin's allegations difficult to believe and have set up a website urging prosecutors not to accept the defense.
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