Defense Team Chosen For Second Suspect Charged In Bobo Case

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Defense Team Chosen For Second Suspect Charged In Bobo Case

CREATED May 2, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The second suspect charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo has chosen his legal team.

Attorney Fletcher Long said Friday that he, along with his Clarksville-based law partner John Herbison, will join Mike Flanagan in defending Jason Wayne Autry.

“It’s our case, we are thrilled to have it, and we are going to give this man every penny of the defense for which he has paid,” he said.

Autry, age 39, appeared in a Decatur County courtroom Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. During his appearance, he repeatedly stated he had been wrongly accused in the case.

Long said when he spoke to his client, he again expressed the same feelings.

“The more I'm exposed to him, the more impressed I am as to how very innocent he is and how he has been caught up with something that has nothing to do with him,” he said.

Long and Flanagan met with Autry Friday, at the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where he has been in custody since May of 2013 for an unrelated case.  Long and Flanagan agreed the meeting was productive.

"We are going to mount a vigorous defense," said Flanagan.  "Mr. Autry is upbeat.  He will be a good client to work with.  We expect a favorable result from the citizens of Decatur County."

Zachary Rye Adams, 29, was the first suspect charged in the Holly Bobo case after TBI investigators presented evidence to a grand jury on March 5. Adams was already in custody on an unrelated charge.

Long said he will officially tell the judge and the district attorney that he has taken on the case on Monday morning.  Autry has been scheduled to appear in court for a hearing on June 4.