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Third Person May Be Charged In Holly Bobo Murder Case

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Third Person May Be Charged In Holly Bobo Murder Case

CREATED Apr 30, 2014
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. – A third person was expected to be indicted in the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo after reportedly violating the terms of an immunity deal.

Shayne Kyle Austin, 29, had given prosecutors information in the case. As part of a deal to keep him out of jail, he was granted immunity in exchange for his cooperation.

Officials voided the agreement because he was allegedly not entirely forthcoming with information.

Austin’s attorney, Luke Evans, released a statement regarding his client’s possible indictment:

“My client takes issue with the state’s assertion that he was untruthful and not forthcoming. My client has remained in full compliance with the agreement he entered into with the state of Tennessee. My client expects the state to honor this agreement. We’re set to have a hearing on my client’s request for an injunctive relief regarding the state’s attempt to breach the immunity agreement, next month.”


As terms of the agreement, prosecutors agreed to grant Austin immunity for “all charges arising out of the disposal, destruction, burial and/or concealment of Holly Bobo’s deceased body.”

The deal was contingent on Austin helping investigators recover Bobo’s body. The state agreed not to charge him with tampering with evidence or accessory after the fact on the condition of investigators finding the body where Austin indicated they would.

Prosecutors also agreed to grant Austin immunity from unrelated drug charges.

The agreement was signed March 6 by Austin and his attorney, along with Assistant District Attorney General Beth Boswell and TBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Russ Winkler. The next day, Boswell contacted Austin’s lawyers to say the deal was off.

A second person was charged in the case Tuesday. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director Mark Gwyn announced charges Tuesday against 39-year-old Jason Wayne Autry. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.

Zachary Rye Adams was the first person charged in the case. A grand jury indicted him for aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder on March 5.

Adams was in a Decatur County courtroom Tuesday morning in relation to two charges against him, including to an unrelated aggravated assault charge, which was dismissed.

The other charge was coercion of a witness, which was filed earlier this month after it was learned the 29-year-old allegedly tried to threaten his own brother, who is a witness in the case and incarcerated in the Obion County Jail.

Adams and Autry both appeared in court Wednesday at 1 p.m.



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