Holly Bobo trials likely going to Hardin County

DECATURVILLE - Pink and green ribbons are still tied to the doors of the Decatur County courthouse. Similar ribbons are wrapped around the trees on the courthouse lawn.

In April, when at least one person goes to trial in the death of Holly Bobo, Judge C. Creed McGinley said those ribbons, along with any T-shirts, signs, or other materials showing support, will not be allowed.

"I would like to leave it in this county as long as I can for the convenience of the families and other interested parties," he said in court. "I will not tolerate signs, placards, T-shirts, or anything else that can influence a jury."

During a motions hearing on Tuesday, McGinley addressed attorneys' requests from Zachary Adams, Dylan Adams and Jason Autry to have their trials moved out of Decatur County. McGinley declined to make a decision on those motions, but instead said it was likely the trials would move to Hardin County.

Zach Adams, Dylan Adams and Autry have been charged with premeditated murder and murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. The courthouse there will be more secure and offer more space for jurors. He noted the possibility of more space to house jurors during proceedings, access to metal detectors, X-ray machines and additional security measures.

McGinley said jurors likely will be selected from another city, though that city has not been determined and is being held for ruling until closer to the April trial date. He noted the possibility of selection coming from existing jury pools in Memphis or Chattanooga.

Family friend Tammy Ramey said the Bobos and the rest of Decatur County still remember nearly six years ago when Holly first disappeared.

"This county has not forgotten the day we got the news and how we all felt and came together," Ramey said. "It did bring this community together, and we did not forget that. We will not forget that."

Ramey held up a green bracelet she said many friends and family have worn since 2011, something they'll have to leave out of court during next year's scheduled trials.

"We don't want anything to interfere," she said. "In a way it seems like forever, and in a way it seems like it was just yesterday."

Ramey said the family wants the case to end after the trials, with no appeals afterward.

"It's going to happen the way it's supposed to happen, and we're going to get justice. That's what we're looking for in the end is justice for Holly. We can't bring her back, but we can get her justice," she said. "I want it to go like it needs to go, so the appeals can't happen and they can't say that somebody has done something wrong."

Attorneys also requested to have separate juries for the trial and determination of death penalty.

"We can cross death penalty when we get to it," McGinley said.

The first trial is scheduled for April 3, 2017, almost six years after Bobo was first reported missing. McGinley said either Dylan or Zachary Adams will go to trial that day, while Autry is scheduled to go to trial in July 2017 because his attorneys joined the case later in the proceedings.

Bobo, then 20, was reported missing from her home in Parsons in April 2011. Partial remains identified as her's were found in the woods near her Decatur County home in 2014.

Special prosecutor Jennifer Nichols has filed an intent to seek the death penalty for all three defendants.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 14 in Decaturville.

This story originally appeared on the Jackson Sun's website.


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