Suspect Charged In Connection With Bobo Case Appears In Court
LEXINGTON, Tenn. – One of two new suspects charged in connection with the disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo has appeared in court for the first time.
Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy, age 42, was charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact. He appeared before a judge in Henderson County Wednesday morning.
He was seen walking into court in a pink prison jump suit, with his hands and feet shackled.
The judge entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. He was later released on a $25,000 bond, with a requirement that Pearcy wear a GPS tracker on his ankle at all times.
A second court appearance was scheduled for July 1 at 1 p.m.
Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 5 from Henderson County showed that Pearcy was arrested on May 29.
The affidavit said he has a video on an electronic device, "that will prove to be beneficial in the prosecution of a current on-going investigation being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation."
Pearcy was told not to have any contact with a witness who reported he had seen video evidence.
Also charged was Pearcy’s brother, Mark Lynn Pearcy.
Attorney Olin Baker said the charges were related to the possible existence of a video which shows Holly after she was taken from her home in Decatur County three years ago.
"They’re saying there’s either a recording or audio or something on an electronic device that relates to the Holly Bobo case," Baker told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday.
Baker said his client denies such a video exists.
"He (Jeff) says there’s no truth to it, no video, he’s been questioned on it by TBI and they’re out on hearsay making arrests. This is a warrant based largely on hearsay it looks to me like a police tactic to try to make an arrest and they are trying to rattle some evidence loose... the TBI is on a fishing expedition," he added.
NewsChannel 5 also obtained court documents from Decatur County which suggested Mark Pearcy, may have also appeared in that video.
Mark Pearcy was arrested on May 29 and also charged with Accessory After the Fact and Tampering with evidence. Those documents showed that, according to a witness, Mark Pearcy was identified as being in that video when it was recorded but officials would not comment on the content of the video.
Mark Pearcy was transferred from Decatur County to Carroll County last week, where he has been held without bond.
The TBI released a statement saying, "Out of respect for the judicial process, we cannot speak to the particular possible pieces of evidence in this case. We continue our work to follow the leads wherever they might lead. We won’t stop until we find a sense of justice and closure for the family and friends of Holly Bobo.”