DECATURVILLE -- Judge C. Creed McGinley said there is little he could say during a status hearing for Zachary Adams this morning.
Adams, 29, is the Decatur County man who is charged with the felony first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping of Darden woman Holly Bobo. Bobo, 20, was kidnapped from her home and was reportedly led into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage in April 2011. Sunday will be the third anniversary of her disappearance.
"If I had one word for the status hearing," McGinley said. "It is uncertain."
McGinley said in court that Adams has still not retained legal representation, although Nashville attorney Jennifer Lynn Thompson was present on his behalf.
The judge said that he spoke with Thompson during a telephone conference two days ago and that Thompson told him the family will still making "good faith efforts" to obtain an attorney.
McGinley stated that he advised Thompson that should she decide to be Adams' counsel of record, she would have to remain so unless a conflict of interest arose.
"If she signs on, she will be in it for the long haul," he said. McGinley also noted that Thompson has said the local public defender's office had stated that should Thompson not represent Adams, the local office would not be able to do so because of a conflict of interest. An attorney from the office told the judge in court today that this was true.
McGinley said in court that he regretted granting Adams a waiver of appearance for today's hearing, as he wished that he could inform him that it is his burden to retain an attorney, should he choose not to represent himself or seek a public defender.
"Until Mr. Adams is present, I am limited in what I can do," McGinley said. "I want to move this along as soon as possible. I am against coming in here every 30 days."
McGinley set another status hearing for Adams to be held at 1 p.m. on April 30. For all future appearances, McGinley said, Adams will be required to be present.
The judge said that until Thompson is officially retained, she is not allowed to engage in discovery of evidence. On the other hand, he urged the prosecution to begin compiling all discovery.
An attorney for the district attorney's office said the discovery the office has gathered over three years is "voluminous."
Thompson, as well as District Attorney General Hansel McAdams declined to comment after the hearing.