Judy Malinowski was killed by her boyfriend, Michael Slager after he set her on fire back in 2015. However, she has just been granted permission to testify against Slager at her own murder trial from beyond the grave.
If you’re interested in following Judy Malinowski’s story and upcoming murder trial, then you should take a few moments to watch the video below. It will detail all the events leading up to now, and get you up to speed before the trial begins this July:
Malinowski, a mother of two, was attacked outside an Ohio gas station after having an argument with her boyfriend. Slager allegedly covered Malinowski in gasoline and set her on fire, leaving her severely burned.
She suffered fourth and fifth-degree burns, lost her ears, two fingers, and was left with open sores on her back. Her throat was also severely damaged and she was unable to walk, but even after two years in the hospital and 56 surgeries, Malinowski eventually succumbed to her injuries and passed away.
Prior to her death in June of 2017, Malinowski was able to speak with reporters and recorded an hour and 45-minute video deposition from her hospital room. In the video, she outlined exactly what took place on that horrific day.
“I never knew that a human being could be so evil. He just stood there and did nothing,” Malinowski told NBC4i.
Franklin County Judge Guy Reece has ruled that Malinowski’s tape can be used as evidence, allowing her to testify from beyond the grave. This will be a first in Ohio.
Slager’s legal term tried to stop the use of the tape as evidence against him, claiming that it had been improperly obtained. However, Judge Reece declared that Slager’s rights have not been violated and that his lawyers had been given an opportunity to previously cross-examine Malinowski.
“A criminal defendant’s right to confrontation is of paramount importance,” said Reece. “The defendant, in this case, did have an opportunity to confront the accuser, to subject her to cross-examination.”
Slager has admitted to pouring the gasoline over Malinowski but claims setting her on fire was an accident caused by lighting a cigarette. Slager had previously pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated arson, possession of criminal tools, and felonious assault.
He was found guilty on those charges and will serve 11 years behind bars. However, after Malinowski passed away last June, a county grand jury brought back a death penalty indictment against Slager on murder charges.
“[I am] so grateful that Judy can tell her story […] She went to her grave thinking that the judicial system would unseal her side of the story,” Malinowski’s mother told NBC.
She continued, “She was extremely frail and she was burned, but yet could very clearly articulate what happened, where she was, fear, everything that you would expect, I’m so proud of her and I know one day I’ll see her, although my heart will be forever broken without her.”
Our hearts go out to Malinowski’s family at this time. Hopefully, justice will prevail and her testimony will send her alleged murderer away for good.