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Video Shows Checkered Past Of Mystery Man At Center Of Bobo Case

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Video Shows Checkered Past Of Mystery Man At Center Of Bobo Case

CREATED May 2, 2014
by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Exclusive video highlights the checkered past of a man now at the center of the Holly Bobo murder case. NewsChannel 5 obtained police car video showing the arrest of Shayne Austin during a traffic stop in Murfreesboro in 2009.

"He was stopped for DUI and it was his third violation," said Kyle Evans with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

At the time, he was a student at MTSU. A year later, he was arrested again for wandering down a city street at 3:15 a.m. with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

"During his time here in Murfreesboro Austin had several run-ins with law enforcement," said Evans, who said it's no surprise to learn he may be involved now in the Holly Bobo case.

So far, Zach Adams and Jason Autry are both charged with Bobo's murder. Austin-- believed to be childhood friends with the two suspects -- had been granted immunity if he could lead the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to Bobo's body. In fact, sources told NewsChannel 5 a tip from Austin helped lead to a massive search of Adams' property back in February. No body was found. The immunity was revoked. And Austin could now face charges.

Austin has not spoken publicly. The incidents in Murfreesboro provide more insight into Austin's mysterious background. In fact, during the DUI stop five years ago officers discovered something while frisking him that could link Austin to one of the Bobo murder suspects.

"They found a tattoo that they described as a grim reaper on the subject's back," said Evans.

Jason Autry has a tattoo of a grim reaper on his left shoulder. Zach Adams does not have a tattoo.

Austin is not yet charged in the Bobo case. Prosecutors have made it clear an indictment could be coming, but Austin and his attorney are challenging the move to revoke his immunity.

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