NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A suspect charged in connection with the disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo appeared in a Decatur County courtroom Monday morning.
Mark Lynn Pearcy wore a bullet proof vest over his black and white prison jumpsuit, as well as handcuffs and shackles on his feet. Pearcy told the judge he had not hired an attorney, so the court appointed a public defender from Jackson, as there was a conflict of interest with the Decatur County public defender.
The judge set his bond at $65,000, and set a preliminary hearing for next Monday.
Holly Bobo's family pastor spoke after the brief two-minute hearing.
"What does it mean to them every time there's a new arrest? Well there's lots of tension that goes with victim family's and any time there's additional activity in this case it is difficult on the family," said Don Franks.Pearcy was arrested on May 29 and charged with Accessory After the Fact and Tampering with evidence.
Pearcy’s brother , Jeffrey, was also arrested in May and faces similar charges. He appeared in court for the first time last week. A not guilty plea was entered and Jeffrey was released on $25,000 bond with the requirement that he wears a GPS tracker on his ankle at all times.
Attorney Olin Baker said the charges against the brothers 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.
Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 5 said Jeffrey Pearcy 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."
Those documents showed that, according to a witness, Mark Pearcy was identified as being in that video when it was recorded. Officials would not comment on the content of the video.
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.”