Woman who died after being set on fire by boyfriend set to testify at her murder trial via video recording

Woman who died after being set on fire by boyfriend set to testify at her murder trial via video recording

Judy Malinowski was doused with gasoline and set ablaze behind a gas station in 2015 and she suffered third and fourth degree burns on 90% of her body

An Ohio woman who died after she was set on fire by her boyfriend will testify at her murder trial through a taped video interview that she gave before she died.

Judy Malinowski, 33, had gasoline dumped all over her and set on fire by her then boyfriend, Michael Slager, who was convicted and sentenced for 11 years for the crime.

But this was before Judy died in June, 2017, five months after she gave the testimony.

Now a Franklin County Judge ruled on Friday that the video from Malinowski could definitely be used in the murder trial of Slager, Fox 28, reported.

Her mother is all for the decision to let her deceased daughter's recording to be used as her testimony in court. 

Bonnie Bowes, Malinowski's mother, told WCMH: "Judy fought to tell her story. I think it’s the first step toward what her legacy should and will be."

It has been reported that Malinowski, a mother-of-two, expected the video testimony she made to be played during the trial.

Bowes said: "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."

Slager, Malinowski's ex-boyfriend, was sentenced to 11 years behind bars after he pleaded no contest in the 2016 charges which included felonious assault and aggravated arson.

After the tragic death of Malinowski, Slager was indicted by a grand jury on the charges of aggravated murder and murder. If the man is convicted, he could end up facing the death penalty for his crimes.

The horrific crime was committed in 2015, when Malinowski was set on fire behind a gas station in Gahanna, a suburb in Columbus. 90% of her body was covered in third and fourth degree burns.

Fox News had reported earlier that the woman lost both of her ears and two of her fingers in the terrifying ordeal. She was also left with open wounds on her back and buttocks.

Malinowski had to undergo a total of 56 surgeries before she finally passed away.

Even thoush she could not really speak, the brave woman managed to tell the media something from her hospital bed just before she died. She said: "I never knew that a human being could be so evil. He just stood there and did nothing."

"God please, please help me."

Malinowski was the one who inspired the Ohio legislation called Judy's Law, which was made to help put away suspects for an additional six years for any crimes they have committed that permanently maims or disfigures victims. 

Her two daughters have said that the new law helped them understand that their mother did not go through all of that suffering for nothing.

The New York Daily News said that the jury selection for what will become a historic trial will begin on July 6.

According to Slager's defense attorneys, the recorded testimony of Malinowski should not be allowed in court because the prosecutors, allegedly, used civil law to get their hands on it rather than criminal law.


Mark Collins, Slager's defense attorney, told PEOPLE: "She may be the only victim to testify in their own murder trial."

Judge Guy Reece of Franklin County called the whole thing an unprecedented situation because the officials are not aware of any other cases where a victim has testified at his or her own murder trial.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Bowes said: "[I'm] 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."  

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