Jennings v. Nash: Day three includes hearing from witnesses

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- The third day of the civil case trial between Brad Jennings and Missouri State Highway Patrol Seargent Dan Nash has wrapped up.

Jennings is suing Nash for allegedly suppressing evidence in the murder trial of Jennings’ wife.

Day three started with Jennings’ attorneys calling a blood spatter expert to the stand.

According to courtroom notes from our reporter Bailey Strohl, the spatter expert told the jury that Sgt. Nash provided incorrect and possibly biased assumptions about blood spatter that further tried to place blame on Brad.

The expert also says Nash was not qualified to give his opinion or testimony about blood spatter. Nash gave testimony during Jennings’ trial in 2018.

Multiple photos were shown to the jury with the expert saying he’s 100% certain Lisa Jennings died by suicide.

The second witness called to the stand was Dallas County Sheriff Scott Rice. Rice told the courtroom that he did not agree with Nash’s opinion on a picture of blood spatter on Lisa’s hand.

Nash previously testified that because of the lack of blood that someone else had killed her. Both Sheriff Rice and the blood expert disagree with that statement.

Sheriff Rice said he took pictures the night of the incident and tests on Lisa, Brad, and their daughter.

Sheriff Rice told the courtroom that he and Lisa Jennings used to date when he was 16-years-old. He said he told his supervisor this information but did not include it in his report.

He went on to say then he knew about a prior suicide attempt by Lisa. Rice did not put it in any report, but told Nash only by voice.

Another witness who testified Thursday was an economic expert who laid out the financial hardships and losses Brad Jennings has had from being incarcerated and now suffering from PTSD.

The fourth witness called by Jennings’ attorney Thursday was Sgt. Nash’s former supervisor at the Highway Patrol. Michael Cooper was asked about a 2003 yearly review that had several negative comments about Nash.

Cooper said this included him leaving out facts from reports for his benefit, giving misleading answers, ruining relationships with co-workers, being arrogant, and being temporarily banned from the federal court that year because of conflicts with court staff.

But during the cross-examination from the state, Cooper also testified he doesn’t believe Nash ever actually fabricated reports, was a great investigator in general, and was never reprimanded for his actions.

Another interesting process in this case is that the jury is able to ask each witness questions, and they have been.

Five witnesses testified for the plaintiffs. The court wrapped up by calling Lisa Jennings’ brother-in-law Paul Bryan to the stand.

Bryan testified he was and still is close friends with Brad Jennings, and said he and his wife met with Sgt. Nash the night Brad was arrested for his wife’s death, saying he told Nash that night he thought Nash was making a mistake by accusing Brad of murder and if he is wrong he would be messing up a lot of people’s lives. To that Bryan said Nash replied by saying, quote, “I’ve never been wrong.”

All together those losses totaling over 1.2 million dollars. In the end, it will be up to the jury to put an exact dollar amount on damages, with Sgt. Nash is found guilty.

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