Here is the conclusion of an independent investigation by attorney Stephen Meyer into evidence that some said could suggest Sandy Maloney was not murdered and her death was accidental. Her ex-husband John Maloney is appealing his murder conviction and life prison term in the case:
"I have the unshakable belief along with the jury that some person committed physical harm to Sandra Maloney by means of manual strangulation between the hours of 6:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the evening of February 10, 1998. No matter how one analyzes it, the evidence clearly and without question establishes that Sandra Maloney incurred deep focal bilateral hemorrhages to the anterior portion of her neck. This conclusion is also supported by the other injuries discovered by Dr. Teggatz during the course of the autopsy. The injury to the parietal portion of the skull and the hemorrhages on the posterior portion of the body all support the conclusion of manual strangulation.
"The suggestion that the anterior hemorrhages were caused by an aborted suicide is a creative theory but unsupported by the facts. Aside from the injuries described above, there was no ligature mark on the exterior skin on the front side of Ms. Maloney's neck and no hairs or trace evidence was found on the electrical cord. The knot holding the electrical cord was not even cinched tight. Am I bothered by the fact that there was blood found at various locations throughout the basement and the failure of law enforcement to provide Dr. Teggatz with the requested information on the day following the autopsy? You bet I am. However, these issues do not in any way affect the anatomical findings of the autopsy.
"Second, the evidence does not support the conclusion that Jody Pawlak was at Sandra Maloney's residence on the night in question. Her fingerprint was found on the edge of the shower door and on some empty beer bottles found inside of the house. This is easily explained by the fact that she was a frequent visitor to the residence. There is no fingerprint in blood and even if there was, there is no evidence to establish that it was imprinted on the night in question. Above all, the suggestion that Jody left Sandra in an injured condition is completely inconsistent with how Jody had cared for Sandra in the past.
"Accordingly, the suggestion that there is evidence that establishes that the death of Sandra Maloney was accidental is not supported by physical evidence that would give me a basis to conclude that there was a 'manifest injustice."'
Source: Investigative Report Re: State of Wisconsin vs. John Maloney, submitted by Stephen Meyer.
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