Dylan Adams took a plea deal Monday afternoon and will now serve prison time, without parole. This comes after months of negotiations between both the state and defense teams. Family members of Holly Bobo have been in and out of court for years, hoping to one day get justice for the late nursing student.
“There’s really no such thing as closure when something like this happens justice some justice,” Holly’s Mom, Karen Bobo said.
State prosecutor, Paul Hagerman said, “Our focus has been on trying to punish the people that were responsible for doing what they did to Holly.”
Dylan Adams entered a ‘best interest plea’, it allows Adams to maintain his innocence while acknowledging the evidence against him.
“Guilty is guilty,” Karen Bobo said.
“The man’s coming to court and he’s pleading guilty to 35 years with no parole, guilty is guilty,” Hagerman said.
Adams will serve 35 years, without parole, on charges of facilitation of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.
“Karen and Dana, they did a great job today,” Hagerman said. “They have been focused on the stiffest punishment in terms of the number of years that these individuals will spend in jail.”
Dylan Adams’ attorney read a statement on his behalf in court, emphasizing to Holly’s family that her brother Clint was not involved in her death. During Zach Adams’ trial last year, there were remarks made about Clint Bobo possibly playing apart in Holly’s abduction.
Karen Bobo said she is glad to have that cleared up. “My daughter, nor my son have ever in anyway had any involvement with any of these people,” Karen Bobo said.
Karen Bobo says her family was prepared to go trial if Adams did not accept the deal, but says she is pleased with the outcome.
“For the sake of our family and just letting one more chapter be behind us we decided we would go with this,” Bobo said.
With the plea deal, Dylan Adams cannot appeal his sentence. As for his brother, Zach Adams, who was found guilty in the abduction, rape, and murder of Holly Bobo, he has an appeal of his conviction pending.
State prosecutors said they will first finalize Zach Adams’ motion for a new trial before talking with Jason Autry’s attorneys about his case.
HARTSVILLE, OH–New details into the case of a missing Ohio woman. Investigators said her husband claimed he threw her body into the Tennessee River in Benton County after she died while on a trip to Graceland in Memphis earlier this month.
In a news release, the Hartsville, Ohio Police Department said they searched the home of Phillip Snider and found several receipts showing Snider left Ohio, heading to Tennessee, but said video and still images showed his wife, Roberta never checked into any hotel in Memphis as he had claimed to investigators.
Police said they are looking through Snider’s phone and credit card data.
They said Snider has submitted to an FBI interview and polygraph test.
Investigators said they are working with Phillip Snider as the search for Roberta Snider continues. He could face charges if her body is found.
MARTIN, Tenn.-Four candidates are in the running for University of Tennessee at Martin’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Each candidate will participate in an open forum session during which members of the campus and area communities discuss topics of interest. Candidates were chosen from a national pool in the search. One of the finalists is Doctor James Brown, currently the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
“Feedback is being collected at each forum and also with the group meetings and what they would do the search committee is gather this information they will review it and they will place this information to any decision making process that they have,” said Bud Grimes, chief communications officer at UT Martin.
This week WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News will introduce you to the three other candidates.
GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn.–A Gibson County house goes up in flames and officials say it may have been intentionally set. Gibson County Fire officials say at 1 p.m., Monday afternoon, they rushed to 200 block of state route 186 North. They say no one was inside the home at the time and the fire started in the master bedroom.
Officials said they are investigating it as a burglary and arson.
“They hate that it happened, but they are glad that a lot of the furniture is going to be saved a lot of the furniture was his mama’s and her mama’s and you know that’s stuff that insurance can’t replace,” said Gibson County Fire Chief Bryan Cathey.
Chief Cathey says anyone with information should call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.
DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — The air hangs thick with smoke in Parsons as members of Bear Creek Baptist Church sift through the rubble that was once their home.
Parsons Fire Chief Dale King says Sunday night service let out minutes before they got the call.
When they arrived around 7:30 p.m., the church was already billowing in flames.
“It had fire and smoke coming out of the eve,” Chief King said.
Hours after firefighters got the call, parts of the church were still burning.
Because of its size, Chief King says they needed to call in for help.
“The building is so wide across and the floor has been burnt out, so there’s no way we can get to the center right now,” he said. “We’re bringing large equipment in today to take parts of the wall out.”
Even with help from multiple agencies, King says every room in the church is a total loss.
“Forty firemen from the city and county and also Henderson County and Lexington showed up to help us fight this blaze,” King said.
It was an outpouring of support from not only first responders and volunteers but also from community members and neighboring churches doing all they can to help.
“It’s part of being in a small town,” Alexander said. “Time after time we see things like this. It’s really remarkable.”
The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to investigate the cause of the fire.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Don’t let these warmer temperatures fool you. With it only being the middle of winter, city crews were busying clearing the streets from snow and ice just last week.
“We got to see a situation that we hardly ever get to see, so we know basically we need to change some stuff when it comes to ice,” Jones said.
Jones said because of the below-freezing temperatures and lack of sun it was hard for the layer of ice to melt, making the cleanup efforts difficult.
“The salt’s down up on the ice, but when temperature’s at 15 degrees and below, salt don’t normally work,” Jones said.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer Nichole Lawrence also felt the ice hindered their recovery efforts.
“As soon as these events happen, we really like to pre-treat the roads. This event, we were not able,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence says TDOT has a budget of about $4 million a year that goes toward winter weather cleanup and maintenance along with 28,000 tons of salt at their disposal.
“We probably used 18 to 20 thousand tons, roughly,” Lawrence said. “They’re still calculating those, which is a large amount.”
For any future winter events in the Hub City, Jones says the best they can do is plan ahead.
“You’ll never know what mother nature might bring, but we tried to be prepared as we can be,” Jones said.
Jones said he hasn’t dealt with an ice event like this in decades and says he has put a few problems into consideration for the next winter event.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Madison County commissioners met Monday morning to discuss several topics.
Wells Johnstone was honored by the commission for being a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
The Madison County Fire Department gave a presentation to recap 2017 and how they handled the increase in calls.
“I think it’s going well, but I think it’s important for us to pass that along to the County Commission for funding purposes and that kind of thing,” Fire Chief Eric Turner said.
In 2016 they got 600 calls, and in 2017 they got 1,700 calls.
After the meeting we spoke with the Madison County deputy mayor and got his thoughts on how the county handled the roads during the winter weather last week.
“We were not able to address every road,” Deputy Mayor Tony White said. “We do have some equipment to address those issues.”
That equipment includes salt trucks that do not have blades on them to scrape the roads. White says they have not made any kind of investment into more equipment yet.
“Should we make that? I don’t know,” White said. “That may be up for discussion, but we may not see another event like this for three years.”
They also have not met with the highway committee yet to discuss the pros and cons of how they handled the roads.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam is touting a $30 million plan that focuses on prevention, treatment and law enforcement to attack an opioid epidemic that kills three Tennesseans a day.
Treatment and recovery services would get a $25 million improvement through state and federal money.
People would be limited to initial prescriptions of a five-day supply and a daily dosage limit of the equivalent of 40 morphine milligrams, with limits similarly affecting TennCare recipients.
Prevention education would increase in elementary and secondary schools.
The proposal would add opioid-focused Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents.
Democratic lawmakers said the proposal isn’t enough because Medicaid needs to be expanded.
Weather Update – 11:15 p.m. – Monday
After warming up into the 60s for the second day in a row, another cold front will take the warm weather and clear skies from us this evening. It felt really nice this weekend especially since some areas even warmed up to 70°F yesterday, but there are 57 days left until the first day of Spring.
Expect partly cloudy skies overnight with breezy weather as temperatures fall back down into the middle and upper 30s by Tuesday morning. Because of the wind, however, it will feel like the upper 20s! You’ll want to have a jacket on tomorrow morning.
We’ve got a much cooler day in your forecast tomorrow, during the afternoon too! High temperatures will only reach the middle 40s with windy weather at times and partly to mostly cloudy skies. If you live near northern Mississippi you’ll see more sunshine, but it’ll still be cooler than yesterday!
Rain-free weather will stick around until the upcoming weekend. We’ll be watching for a potential for thunderstorms once again, but we’ll keep you posted on the potential for any of them to be strong. Stay with WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News for the latest forecast, and keep up with Storm Team Weather online too for more updates.
The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 1/19/18 and 7 a.m. on 1/22/18.
Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.