Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Relatives' persistance pays off in conviction of man for wife's murder

A family's search for justice for their loved one turned out to bear fruit when ker killer, her husband - was sentenced to 25 years in the Missouri Department Of Corrections Thursday, November 12. Bradley Jennings killed his wife Christmas Day 2006, but it took a determined effort by Lisa's family to convince the Missouri Highway Pareol that her death was murder, not suicide.

Bradley Jennings initially told investigators his wife committed suicide following an argument between the couple. But the story eventually unravelled after disbelieving relatives of Lisa Jennings pushed for further investigation.

Although Jennings' original story stood for almost a year, relatives disputed the idea that Lisa Jennings would have walked into a closet and shot herself as her husband described.

While Dallas County, MO prosecutors issued a written statement about the lack of evidence, the Dallas County Sheriff,  Mike Rackley, remined suspicious. After the Missouri Highway Patrol opened an investigation, they found that the blood spatters over the victim's body were inconsistant with suicide - and that her husband likely pulled the trigger, as shown by his bloody clothes, stained by his wife's blood.

Dallas County jurors found Bradley Jennings guilty of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action, recommendning 20 years for the murder and 5 years for the criminal action charge - sentenced which were handed down by Circuit Court Judge John W. Sims.

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