COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors and defense attorneys are preparing for Michael Slager's murder trial, which is expected to begin in July.
Slager is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend, Judy Malinowski, by setting her on fire. He was not present today in court.
Malinowski died last year from burns she received in 2015 after being set on fire, is expected to be the star witness. The 34-year-old taped a video deposition before she died, which will be played during the murder case.
But not everything recorded will be played before the jury. After objections were raised by prosecutors and defense, some of the sealed contents will be edited from the deposition.
A small portion of the 50-minute video will be edited out and not seen by jurors when it is finally made public at the murder trial.
The jury pool will consist of 96 jurors. Attorneys are being asked to select a group that will hear the case that could possibly result in the death penalty.