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GPS Monitor Removed For Suspect Charged In Connection With Bobo Disappearance

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GPS Monitor Removed For Suspect Charged In Connection With Bobo Disappearance

CREATED Jul 2, 2014
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - One of two new suspects charged in connection with the disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo will no longer have to wear a GPS ankle monitor.

During a brief hearing in Henderson County General Session Court on Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors told the judge that the Board of Probation could no longer monitor Jeff Pearcy's ankle monitor since he has not been convicted of a crime. The monitor will now be removed.

The judge set the next hearing for July 29 at 1 p.m. The 42-year-old was also warned not to contact any of the unnamed witnesses in the case. 

When Pearcy appeared in court last month, one of the bond requirements was that Pearcy wear the tracker. He was released on $25,000 bond following that hearing. 

Pearcy was charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

In an interview with NewsChannel 5, Pearcy claimed his innocence. He said he felt the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 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.

He said the arrest ruined his reputation and the video does not exist.

"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 in the interview last month.

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 half-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 also arrested on May 29 and 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 month, 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.”

Zach Adams and Jason Autry have been charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder in connection with Holly Bobo's disappearance. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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 found.