Zachary Adams arriving at the Decatur County Courthouse. (June 4, 2014)
Holly Bobo went missing from her home outside Parsons, TN on April 13, 2011 and is presumed dead.
Suspect Jason Autry appears before Judge Creed McGinley. (April 30, 2014)
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. -
A Decatur County judge on Wednesday set a December 17 deadline for plea agreements in the case of missing nursing student Holly Bobo.
Judge Creed McGinley told kidnapping and murder suspect Zachary Adams he must accept an agreement by that date if one is offered. If there is no agreement or he does not accept, Adams will go on trial unless he pleads guilty to all the counts against him.
The judge also ruled that Adams, 29, should be treated like any other inmate in the Chester County jail, where he currently resides. This means he can now have access to paper, pencil and the telephone.
“What I don't want is simply because of the nature of the charges against him, that he's treated differently than any other person in that holding facility,” McGinley stated.
In addition, the judge laid out a timeline for attorneys to build their cases, file motions and be ready for trial.
Attorney Jennifer Thompson argued during Adams’ last court appearance that she was having difficulty building his defense case because he is in segregation.
Thompson has also asked that the state turn over all the evidence they have against Adams so she can review it. The discovery motion is part of the typical process of defending a client.
Holly Bobo's family comes to all the hearings in connection with her case. They did not comment Wednesday, but a close family friend told News 2 they are holding up the best they can.
“They deal with it day by day. Minute by minute and the best you can do with knowing your child is not coming home,” said Tammy Ramey.
Adams is charged alongside Jason Autry with first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in Bobo's disappearance.
She was last seen on the morning of April 13, 2011. Her body has not been found.
Autry must also enter a plea agreement by December 17 if he chooses to do so.
Both Adams and Autry are next scheduled to appear in court December 17, but will likely be in court before then as more motions are filed in the case and hearings are scheduled to address them. Click here for complete coverage of the Holly Bobo case.