SPOKANE, WASH. - It was 2004 when John Lipinski threw his pregnant girlfriend out of a moving car. In 2006, Lipinski was convicted and sent to prison for 30 years. A jury found Lipinski guilty for two counts of 2nd degree murder and one count of manslaughter. But now, seven years after his conviction, Lipinski will be getting a new trial.
According to Deputy Prosecutor Steve Garvin, a state appeals court judge reversed both charges due to a problem with the jury selection process. Prior to trial the potential jurors were questioned in private, not in the open court. In 2009 the state Supreme Court ruled to do away with that practice and now all questioning of jurors needs to happen in the courtroom.
On August 11th, 2004 police say Lipinski was driving with his girlfriend, Melissa Saldivar, when he threw her out of the vehicle. That incident fractured her skull and she later died due to injuries.
Saldivar was pregnant at the time. Doctors kept her alive long Saldivar alive so she could deliver her baby, but the baby girl died as well when she was taken off life support less two months after the incident.