DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A judge decided Wednesday morning that the trial for Zachary Adams, one of the men accused in the high-profile Holly Bobo case, will not begin until July, while another suspect may not even have one.
Adams’ trial was initially scheduled to begin in April in Hardin County, Tennessee.
Judge Creed McGinley gave several reasons for moving the date, including it would have fallen over Easter and near the anniversary of Bobo’s disappearance.
Despite the delay, the process for selection will begin next week and 550 summons have been sent to potential jurors in Hardin County.
“I think it is the nearest county where a jury can be selected at the least inconvenience to witnesses, parties and so on,” Judge McGinley explained.
Final jury selection will be determined on July 6, four days before Adams’ trial is set to begin.
Once chosen, the jurors be sequestered during the duration of the trial and McGinley said the lodging facility will be equipped with alarms and guards will be on site 24/7.
News 2 also learned Jason Autry, who faces the same charges, will probably not go to trial.
During court Wednesday, the judge didn’t elaborate on why. However, News 2 obtained a new motion filed by Zach Adams’ attorney that lays out the details.
According to the filing, Autry confessed on Jan. 20 this year to taking part in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Bobo. Autry reportedly gave a statement to the state of Tennessee detailing his involvement.
As Zach Adams’ attorney points out, the confession came after years of Autry claiming to be innocent.
Bobo was kidnapped from her West Tennessee home in April 2011. Her remains were found more than three years after her disappearance in 2014 by two farmers in Holladay, Tennessee, which is about 90 miles west of Nashville.
Zachary Adams, his brother Dylan and Autry are all charged with raping and killing the then 20-year-old nursing student.
They all remain jailed. A trial date for Dylan Adams has not yet been set.