Closing Arguments To Begin Thursday In Holly Bobo Murder Case

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) -  

Closing statements will begin Thursday morning in the Holly Bobo murder trial. Zach Adams is on trial for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of the 20-year-old nursing student from Decatur county.

 

The sequestered jury has listened to nine days of testimony, and Thursday, Adams’ fate will be in their hands.

Wednesday, A U.S. Marshal testified a sex offender who had been under surveillance by the TBI admitted being responsible for the crime during a jailhouse interview. The marshal says he went to talk to convicted sex offender Terry Britt while he was in jail for another crime back in 2013.

Inspector John Walker says he went to talk to Terri Britt at the request of The TBI lead agent on the case. Britt had been a lead suspect in the disappearance. The TBI had gone as far as bugging his home and phone, and his alibi was considered shaky.

 

Walker said he laid out to Britt what he believed happened the morning Bobo disappeared. "I said what you did, what you did, you got in the woods around 7:30 that morning. You noticed that her mother's car was gone, noticed her father's car was gone, and you thought Clint Bobo's car was gone, but it was actually in a garage out back. You know Holly comes out at 7:45."


Walker continued, "You got home about 935 and your wife awoke, Jan awoke, and the dogs were barking. And right before I finished saying that word, he looked at me very straight forward and said, ‘sounds like you have it all figured out. I'll plead to it and you'll close the case.’"

 

Walker also testified that Britt responded to questioning about where Bobo’s body was by saying, “can't give you something I don't have."  Prosecutors pointed out that conversation happened in 2013, and a lot has happened since then.

 

Zach Adams chose not to take the stand in his own defense. If convicted, he is facing the death penalty.

 

Almost 60 witnesses took the stand during the nine days of testimony, including Bobo's mother, who on day one, collapsed on the stand.

 

Holly Bobo was taken from her home in 2011. Three years later hunters found her remains. Adams and two others were charged with Bobo's murder in 2014.  One of the others charged, Jason Autry, was the key witness for the prosecution.

 

Autry said he was there when Adams shot Bobo. Jason Autry told jurors he didn't rape, kidnap, or kill Bobo, but admitted he was involved.

 

There is no DNA linking Adams to the crime. This case was based on circumstantial evidence. The defense pointed finger at a local convicted rapist as the possible killer, hoping to create doubt in jurors’ minds.

 

For the first time Wednesday, Zach Adams’ mother appeared in the courtroom. Bobo's family and church family have been here every day.

 


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