By SCOTT WEISSER
Oral arguments in the case of the man convicted of killing a Bristol woman were scheduled this morning before the Indiana Supreme Court.
Tyrice Halliburton, formerly of Bristol, was sentenced last year in Elkhart Circuit Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury found him guilty of the 2008 slaying of Sheena Kiska.
At the time of his sentencing, Halliburton said he intended to appeal. He had also maintained his innocence during the legal process.
The Supreme Court proceedings were set to begin at 9 a.m. today. They can be viewed online at www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme.
Kiska, a 23-year-old mother of two, was found dead on March 18, 2008, in her home at River Shores Apartments in Bristol. She and Halliburton was neighbors at the time of her murder.
Prosecutors said Halliburton was attempting to burglarize Kiska’s apartment for a second time in approximately a month when Kiska returned and found him in her home. According to court testimony, Halliburton then stabbed Kiska multiple times because he did not want to get caught.
“He had already terrorized the family during the previous burglary to the point that they were planning on moving, out of fear for her safety and her family’s,” Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill told the court when Halliburton was sentenced in May of last year.
During the direct appeal to the Supreme Court, Halliburton’s counsel was expected to argue, among other things, whether the lower court erred in:
• admitting certain crime scene photographs and exhibits;
• allowing certain testimony at trial, and;
• admitting evidence of a prior burglary at Kiska’s apartment.
Following his conviction on April 19, 2012, Halliburton attempted to flee police custody after hearing the jury’s recommendation that he be sentenced to life in prison without parole. He broke away from police before being captured a short time later in a lower-level room of the courthouse. Three officers suffered minor injuries during the scuffle.