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Hearing Addresses Immunity Agreement In Bobo Case

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Hearing Addresses Immunity Agreement In Bobo Case

CREATED May 27, 2014
DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) – A chancery court judge has ruled that she does not have jurisdiction to preside over a dispute about an immunity agreement in the case of a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared three years ago.

Decatur County Chancery Court Judge Carma D. McGee decided Tuesday that only a criminal court can decide whether prosecutors can revoke an immunity agreement reached with Shayne Austin.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors argued that Chancery Court cannot stop criminal charges from being brought against Austin in connection with Holly Bobo's death. His attorney argued that the state has not stayed true to their word in the immunity agreement.

“Don’t forget about justice for Holly. We don’t want people to be a part of the sideshow the lawyers are creating in our daughter’s case,” Bobo’s mother Karen said following the hearing.

A March 6 agreement granted Austin immunity from various charges, including "all charges arising out of the disposal, destruction, burial, and/or concealment of Holly Bobo's deceased body."

Prosecutors later revoked the agreement, saying Austin wasn't truthful with them. Austin's lawyer then sued in chancery court for breach of contract.

On Wednesday, Jason Autry will also be in court for an arraignment. Autry was charged along with Zachary Adams with first degree-murder and especially aggravated kidnapping charges in Bobo's death.

In an exclusive interview with reporter Nick Beres, Autry told NewsChannel 5 he was innocent and was not involved in Bobo's kidnapping or death. 
Bobo was 20 when she disappeared from her family's rural home near Parsons on April 13, 2011. Investigators said her body has not been recovered.

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