by Chris Cannon
CAMDEN, Tenn. - Jeff Pearcy has been charged in connection with the Holly Bobo murder case. Wednesday he spoke out and claimed his innocence.
"It was all a surprise to me," Pearcy said.
On May 29, he and his half-brother, Mark Pearcy, were arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in the Holly Bobo kidnapping and murder investigation.
"The charges are (against) me and him both – and neither one of us has a clue what they're talking about," Pearcy said.
He feels the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has made a mistake when they arrested him for allegedly knowing about, or at one time possessing, a recording of Bobo that was made after she disappeared in 2011.
"The TBI told me they don't care about nothing but the Holly Bobo case. That was the first words out of their mouth. And I said, ‘Okay, what's that got to do with me,’ and then they commenced," said Pearcy.
He was arrested in Benton County and then taken to the Henderson County Jail, where he claimed he was put in solitary confinement just hours after he left his job as a master jeweler in Columbia.
"To be taken from that and stuck in a box, to where the light was left on for 24 hours, every 15 minutes doors slammed around me - I actually lost 15 pounds in four days," he said.
After 10 days, Pearcy was released and fitted with an ankle monitoring device so he would not leave the area.
"I don't have enough money to probably get to the other side of the state, much less leave the country. I mean, we were making it paycheck to paycheck, like most Americans do," said Pearcy.
Since his arrest, Pearcy has lost his job. He said the ordeal has ruined his reputation.
"It has cost me everything, me and my family. I mean, I can't tell you where we're going to get our food next week. It has destroyed my life, that's what it's done," said Pearcy.
Pearcy said he understands why TBI agents are working so hard to get evidence in the nursing student's murder, but he does not know at what cost.
"I believe the Bobo family should get justice, but other people shouldn't be getting injustice at the same time," he said.
He was out of jail on $25,000 bond. Pearcy's next court appearance was scheduled for July 1.
Two other men have been charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with Bobo's death. Both have pleaded not guilty.