Holly Bobo trial: Witness testifies he acted as lookout while 20-year-old was murdered

On day four of the trial for a man accused of murdering Tennessee nursing student, Holly Bobo, a witness took the stand and testified that he acted as a lookout while his friend, Zachary Adams, murdered the 20-year-old, saying that he even helped to bury her body, as reported by CBS News.

Jason Autry testified today in the trial against his friend Adams. He told the court that Adams admitted to raping Bobo, along with implicating the suspect’s brother John Dylan Adams and Autry’s cousin Shayne Austin. John Dylan Adams has also been formally charged in the case but his trial date has not been set. Austin was found dead in an apparent suicide in Florida in February 2015.

Autry also told the court that he acted as a lookout while Adams shot and killed Bobo near a Tennessee river. The witness said that he even helped Adams bury the body.

“He said ‘I need you to help me bury this body,'” he said in court. “He said, ‘That’s Holly Bobo.'”

He described the moment in which Bobo was shot and killed with extreme clarity, according to court transcripts.

“It sounded like, boom, boom, boom, underneath that bridge. It was just one shot but it echoed,” he said. “Birds went everywhere, all up under that bridge. Then just dead silence for just a second.”

Autry admitted his part in the murder, telling the court that he “had made some bad mistakes, some bad judgments.” He is also charged in connection with Bobo’s rape, kidnapping and slaying, though Autry is on a list of witnesses who could get immunity in the case. Court transcripts note that he told prosecutor Jennifer Nichols that he was testifying because he wanted leniency. During his testimony, he also acknowledged being addicted to methamphetamine and morphine.

As previously reported by CrimeOnline, Holly Lynn Bobo disappeared from her home in Darden, Tennessee, on April 13, 2011. Three years later, authorities found her deceased in Decatur County, Tennessee, with a gunshot wound to her skull. So far, six men have been arrested in connection with her death, but only three of them have been prosecuted.

If convicted, Adams faces the death penalty. Check back with CrimeOnline for additional coverage.

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