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GUILTY: Jury finds Zachary Adams guilty of kidnapping, drugging & killing Holly Bobo

A Tennessee jury found the man on trial for the 2011 murder of Holly Bobo guilty on Friday of first degree murder, rape, kidnapping and related charges.

The Jackon Sun reports that Zachary Adams, 33, murdered, raped, drugged, and kidnapped Tennessee nursing student, Holly Bobo. Adams was the first of three suspects to stand trial in the Bobo case. Two other men, Jason Autry and John Dylan Adams are also suspects in the case, but Autry was offered immunity if he testified against Zachary Adams.

‘We pursued this case as we do all others: to the best of our abilities,” said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn. “I am proud of the dedicated work of our Agents and Forensic Scientists, and thank the prosecution team for their tireless efforts in this case. We hope today’s verdict brings a small sense of closure to those who loved Holly Bobo and stand prepared to assist prosecutors in the trials of the additional defendants in this case.”

The jury is scheduled to rejoin at 10 a.m. on Saturday to discuss sentencing for Adams. The jury will decide if the convict should receive the death penalty.

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.

Most of the prosecution’s case was made around what Adams’ brother, Dylan Adams, confessed. After pinning the crime on Adams and another suspect, Jason Autry, Dylan has since recanted and said that the confession was coerced. Autry, however, claimed that Adams did indeed kill Bobo by shooting her in the head after she gasped for air and moved while presumed dead and wrapped in a blanket.

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