Judy Malinowski is set to make history by testifying at her own murder trial.
Malinowski died last June after being drenched in gasoline and set on fire behind a gas station by her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna, Ohio in 2015.
Prior to dying, Malinowski recorded a video testimony against Slager. Franklin County Judge Guy Reece has ruled that the testimony will be allowed, which officials say is an unprecedented decision.
In 2016, Slager was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges that included felonious assault and aggravated arson. He has now been indicted by a grand jury on aggravated murder and murder charges.
Slager's defense attorneys tried to get Malinowski's testimony disallowed, questioning the process by which it was obtained, but their argument clearly fell short.
If convicted, Slager could face the death penalty.
Malinowski's case also inspired new state laws that added 6 years in prison for crimes that cause permanent disfigurement or maiming.
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Judy Malinowski was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, after a fight at a gas station in August 2015. https://t.co/EKAbKzcmYV— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 14, 2018