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Holly Bobo murder suspect, Zach Adams, appears in court

Zachary Adams, one of the men charged in Holly Bobo's disappearance and murder, appeared in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon in Decatur County. Zachary Adams, one of the men charged in Holly Bobo's disappearance and murder, appeared in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon in Decatur County.
Holly Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011. Holly Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011.

(WMC) - Zachary Adams, one of the men charged in Holly Bobo's disappearance and murder, appeared in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon in Decatur County.

At a previous hearing, Decatur County Judge Charles Creed McGinley said he will not take up anything that has to do with Adams' case without him being present in court.

Wednesday's hearing served as a type of status hearing to see where the prosecution and defense are at when it comes to sharing evidence collected during the investigation with one another.

"I've been fairly liberal in this order because I'm aware that there's a lot of discovery to take place. This is a case of unusual complexity because of the length of time that the investigation has gone on," said Judge McGinley.

Adams attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, filed motions regarding evidence to be presented in court.

Under the term "Brady materials," the state is required to furnish all evidence that can be used for or against Adams in court.

The state promised they'd provide everything under law.

"This has been a nightmare for us for over three years. This family has been through hell and it needs to come to a conclusion," said a family friend of the Bobos, Tammy Ramey.

The judge asked both sides to supply information and evidence to one another in a timely manner.

Like at the last hearing, the judge emphasized that he wants to keep this case moving forward. He also added that he does not want to see Adams be treated any differently than other inmates at Chester County Jail.

"What I don't want, is simply because of the nature of this charge [coercion of a witness] for him to be treated differently than any other person at that holding facility [Chester County Jail]," added McGinley.

Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, who are longtime friends, are both charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder. Adams faces an additional charge of coercion of a witness. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Holly Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011. Her brother saw her being led away from the home between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. by a man wearing camouflage.

Unless new motions are filed in this case, both Zach Adams and the second murder suspect, Jason Autrey, will appear in court December 17.

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