The man charged in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo is no stranger to the justice system with a criminal past that dates back years and a rap sheet that is 14 pages long.
As more details emerge, many are wondering why Zachary Adams wasn't in jail to begin with.
In 2011, a woman named Rebecca Earp said in court documents that Adams assaulted her.
Then, in 2004, he shot his own mother, forcing his stepfather to take out an order of protection, saying the family feared for their lives.
A year later, in 2005, Adams' grandparents told police he threatened to shoot them with a shotgun.
Just last month, Adams was arrested for holding a gun to a woman's head. He also pulled a knife on her and threatened to "gut her," according to documents. The case is pending.
Criminal defense attorney Jim Todd previously prosecuted criminal cases in Davidson County. He isn't involved in the Bobo case but told News 2 Adams wasn't in jail because "that's not the way the criminal justice system works in this country."
"What he has been charged with in the past, none of those charges carried mandatory prison sentences. They were probatable offenses and it looks as if they were reduced and he was offered treatment and rehabilitation programs," Todd explained.
Adams, 29, appeared before a judge in Decatur County Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty for aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing April 9.
In the meantime, he remains in the Chester County jail without bond.
The investigation into Bobo's murder is ongoing. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has not indicated her body has been found.
Anyone with information on the case should call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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