Testimony in Kiska murder getting into details
Posted: 04/17/2012 at 3:53 pm
By: Justin Leighty
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Photo Supplied Shenna Kiska Murdered in Bristol on Tuesday March 18, 2008.
Tyrice J. Halliburton (Photo Supplied)
From photos of her body on the floor of her Bristol apartment to the blood-stained clothes Kiska was wearing, from a bloody ring to the knives found in the apartment, jurors got some of the nuts and bolts of the evidence police collected. By 3 p.m. theyíd viewed more than 60 exhibits, with more yet to come.
By the middle of the afternoon jurors heard testimony from one neighbor and two police officers. They havenít yet heard, though, any links between Kiskaís death and the man on trial for her March 18, 2008 murder.
Tyrice Halliburton faces anywhere from 45 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Prosecutors believe Halliburton broke into Kiskaís apartment to steal items and she walked in, caught him red-handed and he stabbed her to death in a struggle.
According to Bristol Chief Deputy Mile Albin, there was no sign the apartmentís front door had been forced open.
However, there were red stains on the balcony out the back of the second-floor apartment ó a balcony next to Halliburtonís, Albin testified this afternoon.
Halliburton spoke to police after the slaying, saying he was at the veterinarianís office that afternoon, Albin said.
Albin then detailed some of the evidence collected during Kiskaís autopsy.
A forensic pathologist waited to testify about the cause of Kiskaís death as of 3 p.m.
Her fiancť, Jacob Callihan, is scheduled to testify.
The jury will also visit the apartment out of which Kiska and Callihan were moving, one in what was then known as River Shore Apartments.
Wednesday jurors are scheduled to hear from Halliburtonís then-girlfriend as well as former inmates of the Elkhart County Jail who, Albin said, reported Halliburton confessed to killing Kiska.
Albin also talked about returning to the apartment March 20 and being unable to get in. Halliburton stepped out and offered officers a tool, then showed them a trick to break in through the lock, allowing the officers to get in.
Albin described a puncture wound on Halliburtonís palm, one Halliburton said was caused by a cat.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker began to question Albin about the discovery of the DVD player stolen from Kiskaís apartment a month before her death, but Halliburtonís attorney, Cliff Williams, objected.
Halliburton pleaded guilty to possessing that stolen property, and Williams voiced concern that if jurors learn of that, it might color their opinions in this case.