Buffalo man's murder conviction vacated; set free from prison after nearly a decade

Published: Feb. 9, 2018 at 10:40 PM CST
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A Buffalo man is back home after spending nearly a decade in state prison for a crime he says he didn't commit.

In 2009 Brad Jennings was found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his wife Lisa Jennings three years earlier.

Friday evening he walked out of jail.

His attorney, Elizabeth Ramsey says she believes Jennings didn't get a fair trial. She explained that his team learned that prosecutors didn't disclose information about a gunshot residue test that was taken during the investigation.

Ramsey said that's why they filed the request for the judge to vacate or void the second-degree murder conviction. The judge agreed with Jennings' team's request and set him free.

"It's been a while but I'm sure glad to get out of there," said Jennings.

Jennings was transported from a state prison in Licking, Missouri to the Texas County jail where his family eagerly waited for him to walk out.

He was charged months after his wife was found with a gunshot wound to her head. Jennings said she took her own life.

He has always maintained his innocence.

"It was hard. You wonder sometimes if anything will ever happen. But we made it that's all that matters," he said.

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.

"I just want to thank everybody who worked on this. Bob Ramsey, Elizabeth and Dwight McNiel and all my family that stuck with me," said Jennings.

His attorney says his sister, Marsha Iler, never gave up hope that he would be freed.

"This has been a long time coming and it's been a long fight and we're just grateful to everyone that stuck with us," said Iler.

Though the charges have not been dropped, Jennings will stay out of jail on bond until the courts decide if he should be tried for second-degree murder again.

Jennings told us he's ready for whatever comes next.

His sister, just ready to enjoy being with her brother.

"Try to settle in and see where we go from here. Right now we're just happy to have him home," she said.

Jennings’ attorney said the state has up to 120 days to decide whether or not there will be a new trial.

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