Holly Bobo Case: Second Suspect Arrested, Charged With Murder

Image: Holly Bobo Case: Second Suspect Arrested, Charged With Murder Jason Wayne Autry.

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 09:14 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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A second man has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping of Holly Bobo of western Tennessee who went missing in 2011.

Many thought the case was cooling after years passed with no significant developments, but it picked back up in late February after Zachary Adams was arrested. Along with the second arrest of Jason Wayne Autry, 39, who was charged with aggravated kidnapping and felony murder, police announced there were more to come, Fox News reported.

"We believe there are others who have information and may have been involved," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Director Mark Gwyn stated at a press conference. "This sends a clear message that we will be knocking on their door."

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Bobo, a nursing student, church-goer, and outdoor enthusiast, was last seen outside her home in Parsons on April 13, 2011. Her brother said he saw her walking into the woods with an unidentified man in camouflage he assumed at the time to be her boyfriend. Nearly a thousand local citizens initially gathered to help comb the woods for any trace of her shortly after she disappeared, but no trace of her has ever been found.

Details of why Adams or Autry were arrested and charged have not been released, however District Attorney General Hansel McAdams said "We believe we can prove that she was taken forcefully from her home without her consent."

Adams, 29, who lives 15 miles from Bobo's house, has pled not guilty. McAdams said the prosecution plans to pursue the death penalty for both suspects.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the TBI, Adams reportedly told another inmate to relay a message to his brother: "tell my brother he is the one who started this . . . and if he doesn't shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her."

On Tuesday, The Jackson Sun reported that it obtained court documents that reveal Shayne Kyle Austin is the prosecution's next target for indictment, even though he'd previously been given immunity for his cooperation in the investigation. The state voided the agreement after Austin was revealed to not have been entirely truthful.

Assistant District Attorney General Beth Boswell emailed Austin’s lawyer, Luke Evans, last month that read in part, "When we indict your client, I will give you a courtesy call informing you."

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