GOSHEN — A jury in Elkhart Circuit Court today found Tyrice J. Halliburton, 30, guilty of the March 18, 2008, murder of Sheena Kiska at Bristol’s River Shores Apartments and are now deciding whether he should receive life in prison.
Authorities had alleged that Halliburton killed Kiska, 23, after she came home while he was burglarizing her apartment. Halliburton was her next-door neighbor at the time.
The 12-person jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations shortly before 12:30 p.m. today and returned the verdict shortly before 3 p.m.
The jury is now considering Halliburton’s penalty.
Defense and prosecuting attorneys made their closing statements this morning in the murder trial of Halliburton.
Authorities say Halliburton killed Kiska after she came home while he was burglarizing her apartment. Halliburton had been her next-door neighbor.
Defense attorney said today there is no DNA evidence linking Halliburton to the murder. He called into question whether Halliburton could have done what is alleged — kill Kiska, clean up and get rid of the clothes he wore — in the timeframe laid out by prosecutors. He also questioned the veracity of Halliburton’s former girlfriend, who testified Wednesday that
Halliburton told her about the murder shortly after he committed it.
Prosecutors, however, said the ex-girlfriend simply connected the dots in the case against Halliburton they’d already made.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill termed the killing of Kiska “a slaughter.”
“She was stabbed over 50 times,” Hill told the jury. “She never had a chance ... Can you imagine what was going on in her mind?”