JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday his office will not pursue new charges against Buffalo, Mo. native Brad Jennings.
The state had scheduled a second trial against Jennings, accused in the shooting death of his wife on Christmas in 2006.
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case. The attorney general's hired an independent, expert analyst to review blood spatter evidence from the scene. This analysis was inconclusive and the expert analyst could not decisively determine whether a homicide or suicide took place. Because prosecutors relied on blood spatter evidence to convict Jennings in 2009, the office has decided not to retry Jennings.
Additionally, an internal review has determined that attorneys within the Attorney General’s Office did not know gunshot residue test results existed at the time of Jennings’ trial. The inquiry also found that there was no evidence of any attorney intentionally withholding these test results from the defense. The review determined that any allegations of professional misconduct by assistant attorney generals are meritless.
A jury found Jennings guilty in the death of Lisa Jennings in 2009. Originally sentenced to 25-years for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, Jennings spent nearly a decade behind bars while his legal team worked on his appeal. A judge released him in early 2018 after his attorney agued he did not receive a fair trial. Jennings' attorney argued the defense team learned prosecutors didn't disclose information about a gunshot residue test taken during the investigation. He has always maintained his innocence.
A judge out of St. Louis had re-scheduled the new trial for October 1 on the same second-degree murder charge.