Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:25

Former Collierville Teacher Sentenced to 21 Years

Michael Halliburton Michael Halliburton SCSO
MEMPHIS – November 2, 2015 - A former Collierville High School teacher convicted earlier this year of attempted first-degree murder in the beating of his wife was sentenced Monday to 21 years in prison, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Michael Halliburton, 55, was convicted by a Criminal Court jury in May of attacking his wife with a knife-sharpening instrument in their Germantown home on Sept. 6, 2012.
He also was convicted of two counts of aggravated assault and one count of domestic violence assault.
The original judge in the case awarded Halliburton a new trial this summer, but that ruling was overturned on appeal.
The case was transferred to Judge Bobby Carter who affirmed Halliburton’s convictions and sentenced him on Monday.
The case was prosecuted by Asst. Dist. Attys. Karen Cook and Sam Winnig.
Cook is the former chief prosecutor of the DA’s Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit (DVPU) and Winnig is a former member of the unit.
The DVPU prosecutes felony cases of domestic assault and homicide committed by intimate partners. The Unit also works closely with the Shelby County Family Safety Center to provide services and assistance to victims and their families.