DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. – Prosecutors have asked for a gag order in the case against one of the Holly Bobo kidnapping and murder suspects.
This request seemed to be the direct result of a NewsChannel 5 exclusive interview last week with Jason Autry, one of two people accused of kidnapping and murdering Holly Bobo.
The state objected to the broad content of that interview and claimed the comments made by Autry and his attorney, Fletcher Long, could intentionally or unintentionally pose a substantial likelihood of prejudicing a fair trial because of the publicity.
Attorney General Beth Boswell claimed Long inappropriately allowed NewChannel 5 to interview his client while he was being held in segregation at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison.
Inmates in segregation are not allowed to do interviews in the prison. Our interview was conducted by way of video conferencing.
The NewsChannel 5 crew was not at the prison.
Fletcher Long said he did nothing wrong. He said it's his decision how best to defend his client, and if an interview with him in the prison was prohibited he sought other options – either by telephone or, in this case, by video conferencing.
A judge has not yet heard the motion for the gag order.