Sentencing begins for local man convicted of killing wife, burying body in 1993

Sentencing has ended and a judge will likely make a decision on Tuesday, May 21, for a Jacksonville man convicted of killing his wife and burying her body 26 years ago.

A took the jury 90 minutes to find Michael Haim guilty in the 1993 murder of his wife Bonnie.

Action News Jax reporter Christy Turner was live in the courtroom tweeting updates.

Defense calls its first witness, Michael Haim's mother.

Defense calling its second witness, Ann Brantley. Haim's former neighbor in North Carolina.

Mrs. Brantley says her immediate response to the news was "absolute shock, dismay."

Third witness called by the defense is John Bryan, Haim's former neighbor.

Defense calls its fourth witness, Sherry Barkley. She's known Haim for 50 years. They are good family friends who grew up together. She says she considers him as a brother.

Fifth witness for the defense is Michael Haim's aunt. She say he was "very respectful" as a young boy and never saw him act violent.

Defense calls Joanne Phillips to the stand, the sixth witness during the sentencing hearing. Her husband worked with Haim's father. She says he was like a son.

Defense call its seventh witness, Rosemary Walker. Haim's family moved into her neighborhood when he was 6 years old. Says she watched Michael grow up.

Next witness for defense is Mr. Godwin.

Haim's wife is testifying on his behalf during his sentencing hearing. They've been married since Oct. 13, 2013.

Aaron Fraser, Bonnie's son gives victim impact statement. He asks the court to give Michael Haim, his father a life sentence.

MORE: Michael Haim found guilty in 1993 Jacksonville murder of wife Bonnie

Investigators said Haim killed Bonnie and then buried her in the backyard.

The jury also found Haim guilty on three of four aggravating factors, which must fit into the following criteria:

  • The crime was committed in front of a family member
  • The crime was committed during the commission of a tampering w/ evidence
  • The crime was committed in a heinous/atrocious/cruel manner
  • The crime inflicted severe/emotional trauma on the victim, Aaron, & the victim's family

Haim continued to deny having any part of Bonnie's death -- even after the guilty verdict.

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