• Holly Bobo murder trial: Day 1 recap

    By: Kristin Leigh


    HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. - After a jury was seated this weekend, the murder trial began Monday morning for one of three men accused of killing Holly Bobo.


    Zach Adams is charged with kidnapping, raping and killing Decatur County nursing student Holly Bobo. 

    His trial began Monday, Sept. 11 at the Hardin County Courthouse. FOX13's Kristin Leigh will be live in the courtroom all week and will have full coverage of the murder trial, on FOX13 News. 

    Watch moments from Day 1 of the trial below:

    If you've missed anything from the courtroom, read our minute-by-minute updates below:

    More than 100 people have been subpoenaed, and will potentially testify during the trial. There is an enormous amount of evidence in the case.

    Court records obtained by FOX13 provide a look at key witnesses and evidence that we expect to see in court this week:

    Expert Analysis of gun

    Prosecutors said they recovered a gun in May 2017, more than six years after Bobo disappeared. The trial, which was originally scheduled to begin in July, was postponed until September, to give the defense more time to examine the weapon.

    Prosecutors are expected to present the gun as the murder weapon, and both sides will likely have forensic and metallurgy experts examine the gun during the trial. TBI investigators said no blood was on the gun when it was recovered, according to court records.

    There is a small hole in Bobo’s skull, according to court records. Experts will likely come forward to determine whether the pistol that was recovered is capable of making the hole in bobo’s skull.


    Potential Alibi from Adams’ Ex-Girlfriend

    Rebecca Earp has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness for the defense, and she may have an alibi for Adams, according to court records.

    Court records show Adams has a long history of assault and drug convictions. Earp previously accused Adams of attacking her and threatening her just months after Bobo's disappearance in 2011. 


    Testimony of five men given immunity

    Five people have been granted either federal or state immunity to testify against Adams.

    Victor Dinsmore, Michael Alexander, Jason Kilzer, Shayne Austin, and Jason Wayne Autry were all granted immunity, according to court records filed in Hardin County.

    Autry is Adams’ accomplice according to investigators. They’re two of three men charged with murder for their suspected roles in Bobo’s death. Zachary Adams’ brother, Dylan Adams, is the third suspect.

    Austin, who was also granted immunity, was a person of interest in the case before he committed suicide in 2015. He gave written testimony to the TBI before his death, and it’s expected to be read aloud in court.


    Electronic recordings

    There are hours of recorded phone calls, 911 calls, and recorded jail visits, according to court records.

    Several of the calls include those made between Adams and witnesses after Bobo’s disappearance. According to court records, cell phone experts will discuss the location of phones at different points of the investigation.

    Recorded calls and jail visits between Adams and his brother, Dylan, who’s also charged with Bobo’s murder, may be presented in court, if allowed by the judge.

    After more than seven hours of questioning from both the prosecution and defense, 12 jurors and three alternates were selected Saturday afternoon.

    Holly Bobo disappeared from her home in April, 2011. Her brother was the last person to see her, reporting that he saw her being led into the woods behind their home by a man dressed in camouflage. He said he thought at the time that the man was her boyfriend, but learned later that the boyfriend was not in the area that day. 

    Bobo's remains would be found three years later, in September, 2014. Bobo's skull was found, along with her lunch box in a nearby creek. 

    Court is in recess until Tuesday. Watch LIVE on FOX13Memphis.com starting at 9 a.m. Check back for updates and continued coverage of the murder trial.


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