DECATURVILLE, Tenn. -
Holly Bobo’s mother spoke out for the first time following a motions hearing for one of the two men charged with kidnapping and murdering the nursing student in April 2011.
“I'm asking people, please not forget what this is all about and that this is justice for my daughter,” Karen Bobo said. “I don’t want people to be distracted by the sideshow the attorneys are putting on in court.”
The Bobo family has been present for every court hearing involving the case against Zachary Adams and Jason Autry.
Autry appeared in a Decatur County courtroom Wednesday.
During the short hearing, a motion requesting a gag order against Autry and his defense team was denied, though the judge told Autry that he has a right to remain silent and he encouraged him to do so.
Judge Creed McGinley said he has not issued a gag order before and the state would have to climb a steep mountain to convince him it was needed in this case.
A request by Autry’s attorneys asking if they could have face-to-face meetings with their client, who is in segregation at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, was also denied despite the lawyers stating they could only speak to the 39-year-old through his cell door, making it difficult to communicate in a confidential manner.
“We meet with him through a thick glass which I have a difficulty hearing and I am not hard of hearing,” Defense Attorney Fletcher Long said.
Judge McGinley told the prosecution to work with TDOC to see if there are ways of improving that communication without allowing Autry face-to-face meetings.
Autry is charged alongside Zachary Adams with especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder in for Bobo’s disappearance.
A third person linked to Bobo’s disappearance, Shayne Austin, appeared in court Tuesday. He is not charged in the case and was initially granted immunity because he agreed to tell investigators where Bobo’s body was located.
Prosecutors said he did not keep up his end of the bargain and could be charged in the future.
He sued the state of Tennessee to prevent prosecutors from voiding the immunity agreement, but a Chancery Court Chancellor ruled she did not have jurisdiction and ordered the case transferred to circuit court Tuesday.
Karen Bobo said coming to all the hearings is tough for her and her family, but they would keep doing it for Holly.
“Our presence is for Holly, our voice is for Holly, and my daughter deserves that,” Bobo said. “We will be here all the way.”
Judge McGinley drew up a scheduling order that will require all discovery, motions and response to be completed by December.
Discovery for the case is estimated to be around 90,000 pages, according to Autry’s attorneys.
Outside of court as he was being loaded into a vehicle to return to Riverbend, Autry said he was “praying for the Bobo family.”
Autry’s co-defendant, Zachary Adams, is scheduled to be in court June 4, at 1 p.m. for a status hearing.
Holly Bobo disappeared from her west Tennessee home near Parsons on the morning of April 13, 2011.
Her body has not been found and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the case should call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
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