An Indiana University English professor was found stabbed to death in his home. The professor was African American and gay, wrote for The Advocate and Newsweek, wrote a novel, and edited an anthology of essays on black masculinity.
A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder. Michael Griffin, who is a white, 25-year-old marine with a Purple Heart and a girlfriend, says that he was at Belton's house for Christmas and that he got drunk and Belton raped him. He went to confront the professor later, who he says expressed no remorse, so he pulled out a 10-inch knife and stabbed him repeatedly in the back and the chest. His girlfriend turned him in when she found out that the professor had been killed.
That's just the suspect's side of the story. Obviously we'll never know Belton's, and there's no reason to assume Griffin's telling the truth.
There will be a vigil for him on Friday in Bloomington. Local TV news coverage is after the jump.