The trial of one of the men charged with the 2011 murder, rape and kidnapping of Holly Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student in Tennessee, began Monday with the testimony of the young woman’s father.
Dana Bobo was at work when he got a call that his daughter had been kidnapped.
“Holly’s been taken,” Bobo said, remembering a call he received.
Bobo was the first witness called in the trial of Zachary Rye Adams, 33, one of three men charged in Bobo’s death and disappearance.
Holly Bobo was reported missing April 13, 2011.
In opening statements Monday, assistant Shelby County (Tenn.) District Attorney Paul Hagerman said evidence and testimony will show that Zachary Adams told Jason Autry that he, Shayne Austin, and John Dylan Adams had kidnapped and raped Bobo. Austin was found dead in 2015
“Jason sees a blanket in the bed of Zach’s truck. There’s a body in the blanket,” Hagerman said in opening statements.
Hagerman said Autry, who has been offered immunity to testify, will tell the jury that he asked Adams, “how did this (expletive) get in your truck?” and that Adams told him the three had abducted her.
Hagerman said Autry became “the leader” that morning, and when they went to throw Bobo’s body in the Tennessee River, Bobo moved and made a noise. Hagerman said in opening statements that Adams then got a gun, and shot Bobo in the head.
Adams’ defense attorney Jennifer Thompson said the investigation spanned years, and that police interviewed dozens of people in the case.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun, Maranda Faris