Brad Jennings last week heard the best news in years. The office of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday that Jennings will not be tried for murder a second time.

Jennings was previously convicted for murdering his wife, Lisa, but in February a Rolla judge overturned the conviction, and Jennings was out on $200,000 bond. A tentative date for a second trial was set for Oct. 1. He has no bail restrictions now — he is completely free.

The announcement by Hawley’s office came as a shock — but a good shock — to Jennings and members of his family.

A news release on Thursday stated: “The Missouri Attorney General’s Office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case. The office hired an independent expert analyst to review blood splatter evidence from the scene. This analysis was inconclusive and the expert analyst could not decisively determine whether a homicide or suicide took place.

“Because prosecutors relied on blood spatter evidence to convict Jennings in 2009, the office has decided not to retry the case.”

The death of Jennings’ wife, Lisa, was originally ruled a suicide, but later it was determined that she was murdered, and Brad Jennings was tried and convicted.

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