When Lisa Marie Jennings lost her life in the early hours of December 25, 2006, no one could’ve ever imagined her case would span 11+ years, only for the initial conclusion of suicide to stand. After all, as charted in ‘Dateline: A Crack in Everything,’ her husband of nearly two decades Brad Jennings was arrested, tried, and convicted of her homicide but was then eventually exonerated. Yet for now, if you just wish to learn more about the innocent beings who suddenly found themselves wrapped in this matter — the couple’s biological then-minor kids — we’ve got you covered.
Who Are Lisa and Brad Jennings’ Kids?
It was back in August 1988 that Brad tied the knot with single mother Lisa following a whirlwind romance, only to gradually build a largely happy, blended family around beautiful Buffalo, Missouri. The couple thus began raising Laci Deckard together from the time she was 18 months old, and then they welcomed Amanda “Mandi” Lynn Jennings in 1990 and Dallas Jack Jennings in 1995. “We had a fairly good life,” the middle child elucidated in the NBC episode. “We would do lots of things [all together]; go on vacation a lot, go out to eat… So we were good [in most aspects].”
However, everything turned upside down when Christmas 2006 came around, especially as the Deckard-Jennings children lost their mother within half an hour of an argument their parents had. Amanda was hence 16 and remembers each heart-breaking detail of the fateful night, whereas it’s all a blur for then 11-year-old Dallas, but they both vehemently maintain their father’s innocence. “He just could not do it,” the former once said. “…If you’ve known him, you can tell he is not capable of something like that. He loves me and my brother too much to ever do something like that to us.”
Amanda further added, “[My parents] fought all the time. Lots of people fight. That does not mean they kill each other. And he loved her. He loved my mom. And it’s just not possible.” The fact she can still recall him being frantic while on call with dispatchers, repeatedly telling them to “get here quick!,” is another facet that plays a role in her opinion since the reaction seemed entirely genuine. She has even gone as far as to explain she heard Brad crying in their bedroom in those moments, just “very, very upset,” yet he tried to do his best to shield her and Dallas anyway. The teen caught a glimpse of her mother’s remains before their father hugged her right out of the room.
Where Are Amanda and Dallas Jennings Now?
Starting with Amanda, she continues to reside close to her father in Buffalo, Missouri, where she actually handled their farm (alongside her aunt) for the nearly eight years he was behind bars. Moreover, from what we can tell, she currently serves at his reopened car trading business Jennings’ Auto Sales as well, all the while doing her best to push forward her artistic abilities/career. In fact, from what we can tell, the 32-year-old is not only a Paint Subcontractor entirely dedicated to her professional growth, but she’s also a Photographer/Graphic Designer at her own firm, AmandaLynn Productions.
As for Dallas, although not much is known regarding his professional experiences, we do know he also lives in Buffalo, Missouri, to be as close to his loved ones as possible. According to the last reports (in late 2017), he’s actually married to a woman named Makayla Moody, with whom he shares at least one adorable child, a daughter called Ava. The truth is he prefers to keep his distance well away from the limelight these days, but it’s evident both he and his elder sister keep their mother’s memories as well as legacy alive in their hearts. In fact, Dallas has even honored her by ensuring his wife’s wedding ring holds the same diamond Brad bought Lisa for Christmas 2006 (the same he and Amanda had helped pick out, only for it to still be in the latter’s stocking when she died).