Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty in Holly Bobo Murder Case
Prosecutors in the Holly Bobo murder case have filed notice that they will seek the death penalty for the three suspects, Jason Autry, Zachary Adams and John Dylan Adams, if they are convicted.
The Tennessean reports that Shelby County Special Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols acknowledged in court Wednesday (June 3) that the notice had been filed. She obtained an eight-count indictment against all three men in May; they are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, three-counts of aggravated rape and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, according to WKRN.
Zachary Adams and Autry had previously been indicted for especially aggravated kidnapping and murder in 2014, while John Dylan Adams had previously been indicted for rape, but the new indictments replace those original ones.
It's been a long process in the four years since Bobo disappeared from her home in April of 2011. Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student from Darden, Tenn., disappeared on April 13, 2011. More than three years after her disappearance, her remains were discovered in the woods by two men searching for ginseng. In February of this year, Shayne Austin, a key witness and suspect in the case, committed suicide.
Bobo's cousin, Whitney Duncan, is a country music singer and has been tireless in her efforts to seek justice in the death of her close friend and relative. She was understandably devastated when her cousin was found, tweeting at the time, "I didn't realize how much I was hanging onto a small piece of hope, until I had to let go of it. Thank you for the prayers. #HollyBobo"
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