SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Four jurors involved in the 2009 murder conviction of a Missouri man are speaking up about his recent release.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Brad Jennings was convicted of murdering his wife on Christmas 2006 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. A judge vacated the conviction Feb. 8, releasing Jennings on $250,000 bail the next day.
Juror Eddie Hawkins said this week that he had a “funny feeling that (Jennings) was not getting a fair shake” because he doesn’t think the defense attorney “did him justice.”
Attorneys discovered in 2016 that evidence held by the Missouri State Highway Patrol was never handed over to the defense. Testing for gunshot residue on Jennings’ bathrobe that showed negative results wasn’t revealed.
Some jurors who found Jennings guilty say the excluded evidence wouldn’t have changed their minds.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com