Defense attorneys call for mistrial in Kathy Blair murder trial


A woman who died nearly two years after she was doused in gasoline and set ablaze will now testify at her former boyfriend's trial from beyond the grave.

But, following the death of Ms Malinowski in August, a grand jury indicted her ex-boyfriend on further charges including murder and aggravated murder.

"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", Bowes continued.

Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest in 2016 to charges including felonious assault and aggravated arson.

Michael Slager is now facing further charges after Ms Malinowski's death.

He could now face the death penalty if convicted.

About 90 percent of Malinowski's body was reportedly covered in third and fourth degree burns, which required dozens of surgeries. He just stood there and did nothing.

Her two daughters said the law helped them know their mum did not suffer in vain. "Because of that, I believe the court's only option at this point is to declare a mistrial, and release the jury, should have done that last night at 10", said Payan.

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Judy lost both of her ears and two fingers in the attack and was left with open wounds on her back and buttocks.

After her death, OH passed Judy's Law which added six years onto the sentence of anyone convicted of an assault which permanently maimed their victim.

Defense attorneys argued that the recorded testimony was a violation of Slager's right to confrontation; however, Judge Reece said the deposition was executed properly.

"It is what it is", said defense attorney Mark Collins.

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.

The younger of two brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings in their Oklahoma home is scheduled to go on trial.

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