Jury Deliberations In Holly Bobo Murder Trial Resume Friday Morning

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The Holly Bobo murder trial is now in the hands of the jury. Zach Adams is facing the death penalty if convicted of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of the 20-year-old nursing student from Decatur County.

About 60 witnesses testified, and there are more than 200 exhibits. The case went to the jury late Thursday afternoon after closing arguments.

 

"April 13th, 2001, Shayne Austin took her through the woods. They kept her, they raped her, and then Jason and Zach took her to the river,” said prosecutor Paul Hagerman.

 

During closing arguments, prosecutors relieved the last moments of Bobo's life, telling jurors that from the beginning, Zach Adams and the others charged came up as suspects. But they say TBI case investigator Terry Dicus didn't follow the facts, and instead focused on a sex offender who lived nearby.

 

"In those first few weeks, this thing could have been done, but he wasn't listening,” said Hagerman.

 

Bobo was taken from her home in 2011. Her remains were found three years later. In addition to Adams, two others face charges – his brother Dylan Adams, as well as Jason Autry, who testified against Zach Adams.

 

There is no DNA evidence connecting Adams to the crime. The case is based on circumstantial evidence, and that Adams' lawyer says is the problem.

 

"When you dig deep into what the government says and what the facts really are, you'll see that their story is absolutely full of holes,” said defense attorney Jennifer Thompson.

 

Adams' lawyer says the government's key witness, Jason Autry, who is also facing charges, made up the story about what happened to avoid the death penalty.

 

"He sold it to them, and the only price he had to pay was his tall tale,” said Thompson.

Adams' lawyer says that other claims that Adams confessed or made statements are this; "Yes he was walking around saying a bunch of stupid stuff, but that does not mean that he killed Holly Bobo."

 

Friends and family of Holly Bobo are waiting for the jury to reach a verdict. For them, this has been six years in the making.


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