A woman who died in hospital after being doused in gasoline and set on fire by her boyfriend will testify at his murder trial in a videotaped interview that was recorded before her death.
Judy Malinowski, 33, died in August 2017, two years after being set on fire by her boyfriend Michael Slager outside a gas station near Columbus, Ohio, in June 2015.
Slager is now standing trial for her murder and in a rare court occurrence, the judge allowed testimony which Judy gave prosecutors from her hospital bed to be played in court and considered by the jury on Friday.
She suffered burns to 80 percent of her body and clung to life in hospital for two years. Slager was immediately charged with assault and was due to go to trial.
Judy Malinowski died in August 2017 in hospital where she spent two years clinging to life after being set on fire by her ex-boyfriend.
Michael Slager was arrested after the attack in 2015 and was later jailed for 11 years for felonious assault. The charge was upgraded to murder when his victim died
It was for that trial that his victim recorded her testimony from her hospital bed.
His attorneys tried to block it by citing a legal technicality, claiming it was improperly obtained by prosecutors.
The judge allowed it on the grounds that it is an unprecedented case where the victim is able to give evidence after their own death.
Malinowski also spoke to the media from her hospital bed before she died.
She could barely speak but was mustered the strength to give a few scathing words, saying: ‘I never knew that a human being could be so evil. He just stood there and did nothing.
‘God please, please help me,’ she said.
Slager has always maintained that he set her on fire by accident when he lit a cigarette. He had run up from behind to cover her in gasoline.
After her death, Ohio passed Judy’s Law which added six years onto the sentence of anyone convicted of an assault which permanently maimed their victim.
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 underwent 56 surgeries but was ultimately too weak to undergo further treatment
Slager is shown above in a recent court hearing. He claims it was an accident that she caught fire and that he did it by accident when lighting a cigarette
Judy lost both of her ears and two fingers in the attack and was left with open wounds on her back and buttocks.
She underwent 56 surgeries before she died. Doctors wanted to perform on her but she was too weak to withstand another procedure.
Slager’s trial continues. In January, he tried to have it moved to a different court, claiming that he would not be given a fair trial due to the high profile nature of the case.
He pleaded guilty to felonious assault and was sentenced to 11 years in jail for it before her death.
Now, given the more serious charge, he faces life imprisonment.