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Brad Jennings Talks What's Next on His First Full Day of Freedom

BUFFALO, Mo.-- While Brad Jennings is officially free from all murder charges related to his wife's death in 2006, there is a chance we will one day learn why highway patrol investigated the death of Lisa Jennings the way it did those years ago. Brad Jennings is hopeful that day is coming soon.

The last time I spoke with Brad Jennings, he was walking out of prison.

"How hard was it to not give up hope?"

"It was hard," Jennings said. "You wonder sometimes if anything will ever happen."

After having been convicted of killing his wife roughly ten years prior, a judge dropped that conviction thanks to recently discovered evidence that somehow never made it to his first trial back in 2006.

But back then, his release came with stipulations.

He couldn't have access to a firearm, he couldn't leave the state, and he couldn't contact the remaining family of his late wife.

"It was intense at times," Jennings said.

Jennings' attorney Bob Ramsey says Jennings release also meant Missouri's Attorney General, Josh Hawley, had just a few months left to file for a retrial against Jennings.

Now that Hawley has stated that won't happen, Jennings is in every way a free man for the first time in more than a decade.

"There are no charges against him now," Ramsey said. "The case is gone. It's as if nothing ever happened."

We met back up with Jennings at the used car lot he now owns.

"I've sold ten or twelve this month," Jennings said.

Jennings says he's obviously relieved to hear there won't be a retrial, but he says he is still faced with some frustration.

"I'd Just like to know why it happened," Jennings said.

His main concern is why highway patrol investigators neglected to include certain evidence in his trial. And why they pursued the case as a homicide at all after he says three agencies had already called the death a suicide.

"There wasn't any evidence that said I'd done anything in the first place," Jennings said. "So this could've happened to anyone."

As for whether he'll pursue the answers to those questions ...

"I won't. I've seen what they can do," said Jennings.

For now, he'll refrain from rocking the boat, sell some more cars, and enjoy his freedom.

"I've got a sixty seven fire bird back at the house I've been working on."


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