LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A quick decision by a jury finds Trisha Stratman not guilty of negligent homicide in death of Brandon Jennings.
The jury deliberated roughly two and a half hours before releasing their verdict shortly after 8pm.
Emotions ran high following the verdict. People in the packed courtroom were visibly crying after the reading of the jury's decision. There was a bit of anger as Statman left the courtroom as some comments were made in her direction.
The verdict comes following two and a half days of testimony, mostly from the prosecution. Brought in from the states Department of Justice, they laid out their case that Stratman was negligent as she responded to a call in Holmen. During her drive, which one state expert said was in excess of 120 mph, she collided with the car driven by Jennings at the intersection of Highway 35 and County OT. An expert for the prosecution stated that she was traveling between 86-90 mph when the crash occured.
Jennings died from his injuries suffered in the crash.
Stratman's attorney, Jordan Loeb, said he believed her testimony resonated with the 12 jurors.
"She was sincere on the stand, she was honest, and I think that came across," Loeb said. "It's been a long time coming. People have been hearing about this story and assuming facts, or guessing at facts," he added. "It was about time that Trisha got to tell her story and I think it was time the people of La Crosse got to hear it."
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