Royal Oak Tribune

Prior conviction not allowed in Stislicki case

- By Aileen Wingblad awingblad@medianewsg­roup.com @awingblad on Twitter

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a kidnapping, assault and attempted rape conviction against the man suspected of killing Danielle Stislicki can’t be used as evidence in his upcoming trial.

In a recentlyre­leased, unpublishe­d opinion, appellate court Judges Mark Cavanagh, Kathleen Jansen and Douglas Shapiro said there aren’t strong similariti­es between details about Floyd Galloway, Jr.’s conviction for an attack at a Wayne County park and allegation­s in the Stislicki case to demonstrat­e motive as the prosecutio­n believes. The

judges’ decision affirms a ruling by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Phyllis McMillen, who had said a jury could be unfairly prejudiced if allowed to hear about the other case.

Assistant Attorney General Scott Shimkus had sought a reversal from the

higher court, in conflict with Galloway’s defense attorney Ellen Michaels who said the prosecutio­n was attempting to use the conviction based on speculatio­n in the Stislicki case.

In their decision, the appellate court judges described dissimilar­ities in the two cases, such as the jogger was a stranger, believed to have been chosen randomly by Galloway who tried to force her to a

secluded spot. In the Stislicki case, Galloway was her acquaintan­ce who allegedly deceived her by faking car trouble to get her to take him to his home. The appellate court judges also said the prosecutio­n was relying on physical characteri­stics of the jogger and Stislicki, rather than have enough evidence to establish a similar motive. Stislicki was a 28-year-old Farmington Hills resident

who went missing Dec. 2, 2016. Her body has not been found. Galloway was a former security guard at a MetLife building in Southfield where Stislicki worked, and was the last known person seen with her. Prosecutor­s believe that on the day Stislicki went missing, Galloway created a ruse about car trouble in the MetLife parking lot to get a ride from her. They ended up at Galloway’s house in Berkley, based on video surveillan­ce and cell phone evidence. Also, Stislicki’s DNA was found in Galloway’s bedroom near a piece of carpet that had recently been replaced. Galloway is serving a 16-35 year prison sentence for the attack on a female jogger in Hines Park, three months before Stislicki vanished. He was sentenced in December 2017. A trial date for the Stislicki case is pending.

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