INDIANAPOLIS — A Bristol man sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of the murder of a 23-year-old mother of two argues the court erred in admitting some of the evidence and testimony during his trial.
Tyrice Halliburton, 31, will present his arguments in a direct appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court Thursday, April 11.
In his appeal, scheduled for 9 a.m., he will argue whether the court erred when it admitted certain scene photographs and exhibits and allowed certain testimony at trial. Halliburton will also argue whether the court was right in admitting evidence of a prior burglary at Kiska’s residence.
The Indiana courts website broadcasts live arguments for anyone interested in watching Halliburton’s hearing.
Halliburton was found guilty on April 18, 2012, after a three-day trial in which the jury was presented with photographs and witnesses detailing the gruesome attack on Kiska.
Kiska was found by her then-4-year-old daughter in her apartment in Bristol on March 18, 2008. A forensic pathologist determined Kiska received more than 50 knife wounds.
The day of the attack, police found Halliburton with Kiska’s stolen DVD player. He was later arrested and charged with receiving stolen property.
Kiska had been packing up to move after her apartment was burglarized a month before. According to court documents, Halliburton told fellow inmates and his girlfriend at the time that Kiska walked in on him while he was burglarizing theapartment, and to avoid being caught he killed her.
Halliburton, who lived next door to Kiska, gave police different stories during their investigation. He was arrested almost two years after Kiska’s death.
Halliburton was sentenced May 17, 2012, to life without parole. Indiana law allows prosecutors to seek a life sentence in a murder case if it was committed during a burglary.
During his sentencing, Halliburton mentioned his intention to appeal. His attorney filed a notice of appeal just a month after is sentencing.