After nearly an hour and a half of deliberation, the jury has ruled in favor of Sgt. Dan Nash.
Our reporter in the courtroom says the jury awarded Brad Jennings no compensation. Jennings’ family says they plan to appeal the decision.
UPDATE 4:03 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The jury has left the courtroom to deliberate the fate of this case. Now, only those nine jurors and the judge will determine when this case will wrap. If no verdict is reached by the evening of February 25th, deliberation will resume the following morning.
Before breaking to deliberate, the jury heard once again from both state lawyers representing Sgt. Nash and Jennings’ legal team. Both gave closing statements at about 1:30 p.m.
In its closing argument, the legal team representing Brad Jennings argued Nash “got rid of” the gunshot residue test, saying the test’s negative results would have hindered his investigations and the prosecution’s case against Jennings. Attorney Liz Ramsey added, the only official copy of those test results were found in a locked cabinet that Sgt. Nash couldn’t access.
Ramsey reasserted her team’s original claim that Jennings’ 2009 incarceration did “irreparable” damage.
“If the test results were positive, do you think they would have been ‘lost,’,” Ramsey asked jurors.
“You have the power to hold Dan Nash accountable,” she added.
Ramsey’s team is looking for nearly $2.3 million in damages, which Ramsey says would “compensate his loss of enjoyment of life”. The final dollar amount is in the hands of the jury.
Sgt. Nash’s defense team argued he had no motive to hide the results, claiming that test would have made no impact on the trial. His attorneys again stressed the claim that it wasn’t solely Sgt. Nash’s responsibility to deliver those test results to prosecutors, saying that this was instead an error by multiple people on Missouri’s Highway Patrol.
Nash’s lawyers maintain none of the Highway Patrol sergeant’s actions were done in “bad faith.”
UPDATE 1:35 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Nash was released from the stand after finishing cross-examination at 12:30 p.m. Closing arguments began at 1:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The sixth day of Brad Jennings’ civil case against Missouri State Highway Patrol Seargent Dan Nash is underway. It’s expected to be the final day of witness testimony before jury deliberation.
Jennings, who was convicted of killing his wife Lisa in 2009, is suing Sgt. Nash for allegedly suppressing evidence during that murder trial. The allegedly-suppressed evidence was enough to get Jennings’ conviction vacated nearly ten years after his sentencing.
The sixth day of Jennings’ suit against Nash started where day five left off: defense witnesses.
The first to be called on day six, Roger Rankin, a coworker of Sgt. Nash’s. The second witness, Nash himself, is still on the stand according to Ozarks First’s reporter in the courtroom.
That reporter says Nash and his attorneys are essentially rehashing all of the details provided by previous witnesses. Sgt. Nash’s perspective is thought to be the final one heard by the jury before a lunch break and then closing arguments.
After Sgt. Nash’s is cross-examined, each side will get 30 minutes for closing arguments; then, the jury will go into deliberation.