Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Ohlson murder trial postponed a year

Ohlson murder trial postponed a year

A woman who died two years after her boyfriend allegedly set her on fire during an argument will be able to testify at his murder trial via a pre-recorded interview before her death.

Malinowski summoned the media to her hospital room before her death and mustered the strength to whisper a few damning words about her "evil" attacker.

"She had been delicate and also she was burnt off, however, could very definitely articulate where she turned into what took place, panic, everything that you would anticipate, & rdquo; Bowes stated".

The blaze left her with 80 percent burns to her body and cost her both her ears and left her struggling to speak.

ABC News reports Slager, Malinowski's estranged boyfriend, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars in 2016 on charges of felonious assault and aggravated arson.

A grand jury indicted Michael Slager on aggravated murder and murder charges.

The trial has been continued several times but because the death penalty is on the table, defense attorney Jim Archibald said there are "heightened constitutional standards".

Judy Malinowski died in August 2017, two years after Michael Slager was accused of setting her on fire outside of a gas station in Columbus, Ohio.

Malinowski managed to express to this press from her hospital bed until she died: & ldquo; I never ever knew that the human being may be quite so bad even though she would talk. He just stood there and did nothing.

The prosecution said while parts of Malinowski's deposition may be edited out, the jury at trial will hear what she had to say.

Her two brothers said that the law assisted them understand their mom did not suffer in vain.

She underwent 56 surgeries before she died.

Malinowski inspired OH legislation requiring six additional years in prison for crimes that permanently maim or disfigure victims.

Defense attorneys for Shawn Gant-Benalcazar restated their call for a mistrial Thursday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after the jury began deliberations.

"She may be the only victim to testify in their own murder trial", Slager's defense attorney Mark Collins said, according to People Magazine.

And on Friday Franklin County Judge Guy Reece allowed the footage saying officials knew of no other case in which a victim would testify at his or her own murder trial.

Bonnie Bowes, Malinowski's mother, spoke after the decision was finalized and said she was "so grateful that Judy can tell her story ..."

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