Holly Bobo suspect Jeff Pearcy says he's innocent

Holly Bobo suspect Jeff Pearcy says he's innocent

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Jeff Pearcy, charged in the Holly Bobo case, spoke with News 2 Wednesday. Jeff Pearcy, charged in the Holly Bobo case, spoke with News 2 Wednesday.
Holly Bobo went missing from her home outside Parsons on April 13, 2011. Holly Bobo went missing from her home outside Parsons on April 13, 2011.
CAMDEN, Tenn. - One of two brothers recently arrested in connection to the kidnapping and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo is speaking publicly about the charges he faces for the first time.

Jeff Pearcy, 42, is charged with accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence but claims he is not guilty of the crimes.

Investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believe he and his half-brother, Mark Pearcy, know about an alleged video that could help solve Bobo's murder case.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of Holly Bobo

According to court documents, Jeff allegedly told an unidentified witness about the recording and showed it to that person. The witness said she recognized Mark's voice on the video.

During an interview with News 2 Wednesday, Jeff Pearcy said he knows nothing about any video.

"The first I heard about a video was when investigators were questioning me and the more that I told them I didn't know what they were talking about the more mad they got,” he said.

Pearcy says he did not know why he was being arrested last month until a few days after he'd been in solitary confinement in the Henderson County jail and was served warrants.

"I thought it was more or less like a dream but after being in that place realization started to sink in and I was like, ‘Hey they really think this?’" Pearcy continued.

The Benton County father of six says he never met Bobo but has seen her picture posted throughout the community many times since her disappearance.

The then-20-year-old was last seen on April 13, 2011 being led away from her family's Decatur County home by an unknown man.

Despite massive searches no one was arrested until this year when the TBI charged Zachary Adams and Jason Autry with her kidnapping and murder.

SLIDESHOW: Suspects in Holly Bobo case

"My heart goes out to Holly's family," Pearcy told News 2.

Pearcy says he knows of Adams and Autry but has never been friends with them.

As for the person who turned him into the TBI, Pearcy believes it was someone he knows.

"I'm sure there are motives why somebody would do it. They may be gaining something or promised something in return," he said.

Pearcy has spent the past 15 years working as a jeweler in Middle Tennessee. He was fired after his arrest.

Pearcy pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is free on $25,000 bond. He must wear an ankle monitoring device as a condition of his bond.

Pearcy will be back in court in July 1.

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