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Suspect Accused Of Killing Holly Bobo Pleads Not Guilty

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Suspect Accused Of Killing Holly Bobo Pleads Not Guilty

CREATED Mar 11, 2014

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. – A man accused of abducting and killing nursing student Holly Bobo has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murder.

Zachary Adams, age 29, arrived at the Decatur County courthouse just before noon. Adams was shackled at the wrists and wore a black and tan striped jumpsuit during the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes.

Judge Creed McGinley asked Adams if he understood the charges, and Adams replied, "Yes, sir."

His attorney Jennifer Lynn Thompson entered the "not guilty" plea on his behalf.

A status hearing was set for April 9 at 9 a.m. Judge McGinley said he wants the case to "keep moving."

Adams was arrested last Wednesday after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searched his home and property. A Decatur County grand jury handed down a sealed indictment of especially aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder following a special meeting.

"An arraignment under Tennessee law is the first time the defendant is presented with a criminal charge, even though he's been arrested he hasn't been called upon to enter a plea," explained well known criminal defense attorney David Raybin who will not be representing Adams.

"There won't be any evidence, there won't be any witnesses or hearing per say other than the judge giving him the indictment," he added.

Investigators have not specified what kind of evidence they have against him, or if they have found Bobo's remains.

Following Adams' arrest, District Attorney General Hansel McCadams from the 24th Judicial District said his office believed they could prove Bobo was taken forcefully from her home without her consent.

"Based upon the evidence that we have before us, we also feel that she was killed in the perpetration of that kidnapping," he said.

Prosecutors are considering asking for the death penalty.

"This case will be evaluated by my office as a death penalty-eligible case. The evaluation process will review the nature of the crime, the criminal history of the defendant, the aggravating factors set up by statute, and mitigating factors," he explained.

Adams was being held without bond at the Chester County jail.

Officials said the motive and circumstances surrounding Holly's disappearance are still being investigated. The possibility of additional suspects exists.

Bobo disappeared on the morning of April 13, 2011, outside her home near Parsons. Her brother told police that he saw a man dressed in camouflage leading her away into the woods. She was 20.

Since then, authorities have spent hundreds of thousands hours investigating the case.

The TBI said the Holly Bobo investigation has historically been one of the most exhaustive in terms of time, resources and cost.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)