SAVANNAH, Tenn. (WKRN) – The jury has found Zach Adams guilty on all eight counts in the murder, rape and kidnapping of Holly Bobo.
The jury of six women and six men deliberated for 11 hours before presenting their verdict to Judge Creed McGinley.
They found Adams guilty on three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, and three counts of rape.
The 3 convictions of first- degree murder make him eligible for the death penalty.
The penalty phase of the trial starts Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Jurors could sentence him to death row or life without parole.
Character witnesses are expected to testify about Zach Adams, as his attorney fights to save his life.
“I’m very worried,” said defense attorney Jennifer Thompson. “I’m concerned the jury might go for death.”
Thompson tried to convince the jury that investigators arrested the wrong man for the murder of Holly Bobo. She is already planning to appeal the Adams conviction.
The verdict on Friday came less than two hours after the jury returned to the courtroom to ask a question about the evidence. The judge said he could not comment on the evidence, telling jurors, ” base your decision solely on what you hear in the courtroom. Consider all the evidence.”
The evidence was presented during 9 days of testimony. Multiple witnesses were called throughout the trial, including Bobo’s mother, father and brother, as well as Adams’ grandfather.
The prosecution and defense both rested on Wednesday.
Bobo was 20 years old when she vanished from her home in the rural West Tennessee town of Parsons in April 2011. Authorities say her remains were found in September 2014 by two men in woods not far from her home in Decatur County.
Two other men are charged in the case, including Zach Adams’ brother Dylan, and Jason Autry, who testified for the prosecution, giving explosive new details and information in the high-profile case.
The trial captured the attention of thousands of people across Tennessee, who watched a live stream from the courtroom online.