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.
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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- March 6, 2014: Bobo Suspect Possibly Connected To Previous Attempted Abduction
- March 6, 2014: Accused Killer: 'You Never Was You Stupid Wh***'
- March 6, 2014: Community Devastated By Murder Charge In Bobo Case
- March 6, 2014: Prosecutor Compares Zachary Adams Case To Perry March Conviction
- March 5, 2014: Zachary Adams Charged With Kidnapping, Murder Of Holly Bobo
- March 4, 2014: Documents Reveal Details Leading Up To Zachary Adams' Arrest
- March 3, 2014: Man Whose Property Searched In Bobo Case Held On $1M Bond
- March 2, 2014: TBI Search Continues Behind House In Bobo Case
- May 11, 2013: Holly Bobo's Family Makes New Push For Search
- April 18, 2013: TBI: Purse Found Did Not Belong To Holly Bobo
- April 13, 2013: Family Remains Hopeful Two Years After Bobo Disappearance
- Aug. 22, 2012: Kidnap Survivor To Speak Up For Holly Bobo
- Aug. 11, 2012: Volunteers Continue Search for Holly Bobo
- Feb. 29, 2012: TBI Gets High Number Of Psychic Tips In Holly Bobo Case
- Feb. 21, 2012: Police Using Psychics In Search For Holly Bobo
- Feb. 1, 2012: Reward Increased To $250,000 In Holly Bobo Case
- Jan. 6, 2012: Search Warrant Issued Against Man Hampering Bobo Case
- Dec. 31, 2011: Community Gathers New Year's Eve to Remember Holly Bobo
- Oct. 12, 2011: Service Held On Holly Bobo's 21st Birthday
- Aug. 13, 2011: Benefit for Holly Bobo's Family Held at Hard Rock
- Aug. 9, 2011: Holly Bobo Family Opens Up On OpenLine
- Aug. 1, 2011: Paragliders Join Search For Holly Bobo
- July 12, 2011: Truck, Car Decals Hope To Raise Awareness Of Holly Bobo
- June 25, 2011: More Than 100 Bikers Ride for Holly Bobo
- June 24, 2011: Motorcycle Ride Held Saturday For Holly Bobo
- June 23, 2011: Family Of Holly Bobo Speaks Out
- June 13, 2011: Monday Marks 2 Months Since Holly Bobo Disappearance
- May 27, 2011: Holly Bobo's Hometown Always Hopeful
- May 20, 2011: Prayer Walk For Holly Bobo Planned For Saturday
- May 13, 2011: Holly Bobo Still Missing One Month Later
- May 11, 2011: Still No Sign Of Holly Bobo Four Weeks Later
- May 5, 2011: Community Prays For Holly Bobo's Return On Day Of Prayer
- May 4, 2011: Wednesday Marks 3 Weeks Since Holly Bobo Disappeared
- May 3, 2011: Missing Student's Family Wants Property Searches
- April 24, 2011: Holly Bobo Search Volunteers Answer Call For Help On Easter Sunday
- April 21, 2011: Attempted Abduction Could Be Related To Holly Bobo Case
- April 20, 2011: Vigil Held To Mark 1-Week Since Holly Bobo's Disappearance
- April 19, 2011: Day 7 Of Search For Holly Bobo In Decatur County
- April 18, 2011: $75,000 Reward Offered In Search For Holly Bobo
- April 17, 2011: Volunteers Gather for Missing Woman Search
- April 16, 2011: Family, Friends Continue Search for Missing Woman
- April 15, 2011: Lunchbox Of Missing Woman Found In Decatur County
- April 14, 2011: Family Pleads For Help Finding Missing Decatur Co. Woman
- April 13, 2011: Authorities: 20-Year-Old Woman May Have Been Abducted
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)