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TBI believes video may help solve Bobo murder

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2014 06:42 pM
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LEXINGTON, TN (WSMV) -

Investigators have unveiled the first piece of possible evidence in the murder case involving Holly Bobo.

In a Henderson County court room Wednesday, Jeff Pearcy faced charges of accessory after the fact in connection with Bobo's death because of an alleged video.

The affidavit stated Pearcy "had shown a visual recording on an electronic device to an individual. According to the witness, this visual recording shows information that will prove to be beneficial in the prosecution of a current ongoing investigation being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation."

Investigators believe whatever is on the video could help them solve the Bobo murder case. The problem, according to investigators, is the people who have the video refuse to hand it over.

Pearcy and his step-brother Mark Pearcy both face charges from the TBI in connection with the case. Both are charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

The same witness who saw the video believes Mark Pearcy's voice is recorded on the video, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors said the TBI searched Mark Pearcy's property last week.

TBI investigators said the Pearcys are refusing to hand over the video, which Jeff Pearcy's attorney disputes.

Jeff Pearcy has a couple of prior driving offenses on his record. He's also been arrested in the past for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Mark Pearcy's criminal history is considerably longer, including vandalism, unlawful gun possession and statutory rape.

At age 24, Mark Pearcy pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old and is now on the state sex offender registry.

It's unclear why, after three years, this alleged video is now being acknowledged. It's also not known if the Pearcys knew Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, who have already been charged with kidnapping and murder in connection with Bobo's disappearance from her Darden, TN, home she shared with her family in April 2011.

Both Mark and Jeff Pearcy have pleaded not guilty and both have bonded out of jail. Jeff Pearcy has to wear an ankle monitoring system while out on bond. His bond was set at $25,000.

Jeff Pearcy's family reacted as they left the court room Wednesday morning.

"My daddy is innocent," shouted his daughter to reporters outside the court house.

Jeff Pearcy is believed to have possession of the recording or knows where it is, according to the affidavit.

Mark Pearcy will be in court on Monday.

Investigators aren't revealing any more details at this time.

In a statement to Channel 4 News, the TBI said Tuesday, "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."

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