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No immunity agreement ruling made for Shayne Austin

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The Holly Bobo murder case returned to Decatur County court on Tuesday, where a judge heard arguments about the revocation of Shayne Austin's immunity agreement. The Holly Bobo murder case returned to Decatur County court on Tuesday, where a judge heard arguments about the revocation of Shayne Austin's immunity agreement.
Jason Autry and Zach Adams are both charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder. Jason Autry and Zach Adams are both charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder.
Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011. Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011.
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DECATUR COUNTY, TN -
(WMC) -  The Holly Bobo murder case returned to Decatur County court on Tuesday, where a judge heard arguments about whether to revoke Shayne Austin's immunity agreement. 

Austin was given immunity in exchange for cooperation and information in the investigation into Bobo's disappearance and murder. In April, the state revoked that deal saying he had not been totally truthful. 

As Shayne Austin walked into court, he didn't have much to say. 

Austin's attorney, Luke Evans, filed a multi-count lawsuit against the State of Tennessee regarding the state's decision to revoke his immunity deal.
 
"My client had no involvement with the disappearance or anything related to Holly Bobo," said Austin's defense attorney, Luke Evans.

In the courtroom, prosecutors argued the attorney general has the right to void Austin's immunity agreement due to an ongoing criminal investigation. They say Austin voided the agreement because he wasn't completely truthful.

"The relief the plaintiff sees is to stop prosecution of a criminal case.  The court, under laws that have been cited, doesn't have the ability to do that," continued prosecutor Scott Sutherland.

Austin's attorney argued the state can't pull his immunity agreement without citing the facts that Austin lied about or refused to cooperate with.

State prosecutors will not release that information since it's part of an active investigation. 

"You should be able to rely on the word given to you by the State of Tennessee," said defense attorney Evans.

The chancery judge decided she did not have the jurisdiction to make a ruling. She sent the immunity dispute on to circuit court.

Attorneys say Shayne Austin could still be indicted in the Holly Bobo murder case. His date in circuit court is still pending.

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