Sudden Heat

Don Belton, Michael Griffin, and the Gay Panic Defense


[Inside Magazine/Medium] On Christmas night 2009, IU assistant professor Don Belton arrived at the home of former-marine Michael Griffin for a dinner party. Two days later, he was dead and accused of sexually assaulting the man who killed him.

Did Griffin and his lawyers use a controversial legal tactic known as the “gay panic defense” to get a lighter sentence for the crime?

“Wow, what a story … Excellent, excellent work.”
– Indiana Collegiate Press Association

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