Trial Ends With Mistrial For Cantonment Man Accused Of Murdering His Navy Wife In 2001

June 18, 2022

The Cantonment man charged with the first degree premeditated murder of his wife over two decades ago walked out of a court Friday night.

After four days of testimony and four hours of deliberations, an Escambia County jury was unable to reach a verdict Friday night, and the trial of Gregory Paul Malarik ended in a mistrial. The state is expected to try the case again.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested Malarik in 2020 for the 2001 murder of his wife, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Malarik.  Gregory Malarik, a former Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, was employed by the Naval Aviation Technical Training Center aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola.

The body of  Sherri Lynn Malarik was found September 22, 2001, at about 8 a.m. inside a Dodge Caravan in the parking lot of the Winn Dixie and Movie Gallery at 1550 South Highway 29, less than three miles from the couple’s home.


11 Responses to “Trial Ends With Mistrial For Cantonment Man Accused Of Murdering His Navy Wife In 2001”

  1. David Huie Green on June 20th, 2022 10:35 am

    “Even a jury could see what this was in 4 hours. He is clearly INNOCENT”

    The existence of a deadlocked jury means some thought he should be found guilty and some thought he should be found not guilty and that both sides did not expect to change their opinions — that each was convinced.

    CLEARLY “innocent” is not as clear as the statement says.
    Don’t know why the statement “even a jury” was used. Especially a jury should be trying to look at the evidence and reach a unanimous conclusion and verdict. This did not happen, but not necessarily for lack of trying.

    We will see what the next jury concludes.

    David for truth

  2. Beth on June 19th, 2022 7:51 pm

    The jury was too fast. Could not have discussed the evidence in such a short length of time.

  3. SueB on June 19th, 2022 9:26 am

    Mistrial may be declared on a motion of either party or the court’s own motion when a deadlocked jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict This guy will have another trial, another jury to reach guilty or innocent. He is not free! Another plea deal?

  4. Don cooper on June 18th, 2022 11:03 pm

    There never has been innocent until proven guilty. Under the law you are “presumed” innocent until proven guilty. Big difference!

  5. Molino resident on June 18th, 2022 8:58 pm

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Sounds like everyone here has convicted him before even knowing any facts about the case.

  6. Dave Coleson on June 18th, 2022 7:58 pm

    Good for him. Clearly the state built a nothing-burger case. They can’t find the killer so they pin it on the easiest access person.

    Clearly that doesn’t fly with Escambia County citizens who were called to be in the jury. Only took 4 hours to reveal there are SERIOUS issues. No jury would convict, clearly!!!!

    Why pin an innocent man down ? Get over yourself government.

    Even a jury could see what this was in 4 hours. He is clearly INNOCENT

    So many problems with this case. Shame on the state.

  7. William Reynolds on June 18th, 2022 11:14 am

    “What created the call for a mistrial? Big gap of information in this article.”

    Try reading it again, and pay attention to the second paragraph. It’s literally right there.

  8. Thompson on June 18th, 2022 10:50 am

    What created the call for a mistrial?

    Big gap of information in this article.

  9. Susie on June 18th, 2022 8:57 am

    Makes no sense all the evidence they have.

  10. Feeling sad on June 18th, 2022 8:42 am

    Her children deserve better. The jury didn’t deliberate long enough to attempt a verdict. Having sat on a federal jury before, it’s going to take more than four hours to go over four days worth of trial arguments, testimony, and evidence. Where was the jury from? The bottom of the barrel? Obviously the jury thought they had more important things to do.

  11. mnon on June 18th, 2022 2:35 am

    WOW… Unbelievable!

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