JACKSON, Tenn — The eighth day of testimony in the trial of Zach Adams, who is accused of killing Holly Bobo in 2011, wrapped up Tuesday. Along with hearing from an Ex-TBI agent, family of Adams also took the stand.
Testimony continues in week two of the trial and Judge Creed McGinley says both the prosecution and defense have been moving at a steady pace presenting their evidence. Among the many called on Tuesday was Dick Adams, Zach Adams grandfather. Out of eight days of trial, Dick Adams is the first witness that took the stand with any relation to the defendant.
The defense team took center stage as it was their first full day to call witnesses, following the prosecution resting their case Monday afternoon. Dick Adams struggles with memory so he keeps a log of what he does, including the day of Holly Bobo’s abduction.
“Turn the water on for Smith property, meter covered up, just business is what I kept on my log,” Adams said.
Adams spoke with TBI agents, regarding his grandson, but couldn’t recall the conversation.
State Prosecutor, Jennifer Nichols said “Did you tell them all of that time is a blur for me because my wife passed away on April 1, 2011 and was buried on April 3rd?” Adams responded “I don’t remember telling them that,”
During day 7 of trial, state prosecutors played a 911 call Dick Adams made about Zach causing problems and looking for guns the evening Holly Bobo disappeared. When asked about it on the stand he couldn’t remember.
“I don’t ever remember him waking me up to get a gun,” Adams said.
Adams also admitted to saying if something happened to Holly Zach “was a good candidate for it.” Along with hearing from Zach’s grandfather the defense called on law enforcement, federal, state and private investigators, including Linda LittleJohn who works for the TBI crime lab.
LittleJohn compared a shoe print found at the Bobo’s carport with shoes belonging to Clint Bobo, Holly’s brother.
“2 pair from Clint and then maybe some additional that were found at different places not identified from another person other than Clint Bobo,” LittleJohn said.
Although the shoes size, shape, and design matched state prosecutors brought up the fact shoes of the men charged in Bobo’s death were not sent to be examined.
“This shoe, this is the right shoe, could’ve made that print or another shoe just like that,” LittleJohn explained. “There were no individual characteristics so I cannot say for sure it was the shoe to the exclusion of all others,”
Judge McGinley says there’s a possibility defense could be done calling witnesses by Wednesday, but he says that’s not definite.
The trial continues Wednesday morning in Savannah.
JACKSON, Tenn. — In South Side’s game against the Hardin County Tigers, sophomore Tyrelle Turner was locked in and locking down defenders. He recorded four interceptions on the night returning one of them for a touchdown. For his performance, his peers voted him week five’s player of the week.
“I credit it to the coaches and all the good teaching they’ve been doing to me and everybody just encouraging me,” Turner said.
Turner stands at 5’5, 135 pounds, but the competitiveness inside him is much larger than his appearance. His four interceptions came one shy of the school record for interceptions in a game, standing only behind South Side alumnus and former NFL cornerback, Jabari Greer.
“I really couldn’t believe it because it just happened at that moment it was exhilarating, made me feel like dang I got four interceptions,” Turner said.
Most offenses would see Turner as a vulnerable corner due to his size. But he proved against Hardin County, teams better think twice before throwing his way. He credits his playmaking ability to the work put in leading up to the game.
“Practice always helps me get better,” he said.
As for the season goal, Turner looks to reach new heights.
“I rather win the game than focus on individual stats but in my mind, I would like to at least tie the school record,” he said.
The school record is 10 interceptions in a single season. Up next Turner and the Hawks take on the Bolivar Central Tigers.
JACKSON, Tenn. — USJ rolls past Fayette Academy, 8-1.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Jackson Christian took down Westview, 5-2.
MEDINA, Tenn. — South Gibson took down Obion County, 9-0.
Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner talked about the new fire station being built on Law Road. Three county commissioners from District 10, including Mike Taylor, Jason Compton, and Harold Petty were also at the event. Guests enjoyed hot dogs and were able to ask the representatives any questions they wanted.
“It brings the community together, that’s another thing. Lots of times neighbors don’t interact with neighbors, but this way they’ll see people that they haven’t seen in another year,” says Sheriff Mehr.
The event was free and open to the public.
JACKSON, Tenn.–Zaxby’s locations across the U.S. will again join together for hurricane relief efforts. All Jackson and Lexington locations will be participating.
On Thursday night, September 21st, from 5 to 8 p.m., 10% of all proceeds from dinner will go towards Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Day eight in the Holly Bobo murder trial unfolded Tuesday morning as the defense questioned the one-time lead Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent in the case.
“Zach Adams’ name came up very early in the investigation,” Dicus said.
Dicus described going through different people they thought could be suspects.
“A citizen in Decatur County had already found some items that we know are Holly’s on this road, Yellow Springs Road, in Decatur County, so that piqued our interest even more in Mr. [Shayne] Austin and this whole crew,” Dicus said.
Dicus said his crews took action searching Austin’s property.
“They searched it. They gave him consent to search and they went all the way through his trailer,” Dicus said.
Dicus says they also searched Zach Adams’ home.
He eventually came to a decision about Zach Adams.
“The determination I made is that he could not have been involved in the kidnapping,” Dicus said.
He says there are several reasons he believes Adams is not behind the death of Holly Bobo, one relating to cell phones and pings.
“His cellphone at 8:28 is hitting off a tower that’s several miles from the tower Holly’s phone was hitting off of at 8:26 a.m.,” Dicus said.
He says he even talked to Adams’ then-girlfriend Rebecca Earp and came to another conclusion.
“That I as wasting my time,” Dicus said. “Wasting my time investigating these idiots.”
The state questioned Dicus about why his department didn’t further investigate Adams and the other defendants in the case and why they focused on other leads.
“We did everything,” Dicus said. “We got everything we could possibly get on anybody that came up. ‘This guy, he needs to be looked at.’ We got him.”
Dicus talked about eight or nine potential suspects in the Holly Bobo case.
“She was kidnapped at 7:45 a.m. Her phone is moving at 8. Her phone, that we can tell, is disassembled between 9:12 and 9:40,” Dicus said.
Dicus says from the beginning his team had word of Zach Adams, Dylan Adams, Shayne Austin and Jason Autry, but he believes they weren’t the ones behind the disappearance of Holly Bobo.
“I’m trying to put together a puzzle, and if I find five pieces that don’t fit, I’m done. Or two pieces that don’t fit. I’m done. It’s not this person,” Dicus said.
While on stand, the defense focused their questions for Dicus on other suspects in the case, including Holly’s brother, Clint.
“A lot of people thought it was strange that it took him a few minutes to react to it,” Dicus said.
Dicus says Clint was only a suspect for a short time before focus moved elsewhere.
“I’m going crazy, but I have Ms. Karen [Bobo] telling me you better check out ‘Chester the molester,’ and the same time I talk to Natalie Bobo [Holly’s cousin], and she tells me ‘Chester the Molester’ is Terry Britt,” Dicus said.
Dicus says Britt and his wife, Jan, were top suspects for a long period of time. He says he questioned Britt about the day Holly disappeared.
“I checked his alibi and found out it was garbage,” Dicus said.
Dicus says the Britt’s phone was tapped and at some point both were cleared. Dicus says his team made a discovery after searching the property.
“A shovel, a couple of hammers and an ax in the sheds, and the dogs alerted to them as being around the scent of being around human decomposition, and two cars alerted to that as well,” Dicus said.
Dicus says he was moved off the case in 2013.
GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Gibson County Fire Department says when it comes to fighting fires and saving lives, they need all the help they can get.
“Several years ago, we had a house catch on fire down the street from where I lived, and I went up there to try to help them, and that’s how I got my start,” said John Baker, rescue chief for Gibson County Station 9.
Baker has been a volunteer firefighter in Gibson County for more than 30 years.
“It was my neighbors, and I wanted to help them out,” Baker said. “And I just think that is one of our callings, is to help our neighbors.”
Gibson County Fire Chief Bryan Cathey says it’s been difficult to keep and recruit team members.
“Volunteer fire departments all over the United States, we’re having a terrible time of getting firefighters, especially in the daytime, but all around the clock,” Cathey said.
This is why he says he’s excited to receive a retention and recruitment grant of more than $580,000.
“We will be able to equip them with brand-new turnout gear as soon as they join,” Cathey said. “And my most favorite is being able to pay the firefighter for responding.”
“We got pump operator, drivers for the pumpers, drivers for the tankers. We got outside safety officers,” Cathey said.
Gibson County Fire Department representatives say their turnout coat does more than protect them from the heat of a house fire. It also symbolizes that they protect their community when they need it most.
Chief Cathey says they currently have around 150 volunteer firefighters but need a minimum of 200 for the eight stations across Gibson County.
If you are interested in joining their team, you can contact them at 731-723-9228.
HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. — Tina Turner fans gathered Tuesday at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center for the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind item.
The outfit is now on display at the Tina Turner Museum in Brownsville.
Event representatives say Turner wore it at a photo shoot for her third solo world tour, “Foreign Affair,” back in 1990.
“I think this outfit is pretty much something that you don’t expect, because they’re used to the beaded and mini skirts and everything,” Rhonda Graam, Turner’s executive personal assistant, said. “It’s a little different, and probably some of them going to that museum, it may have been before their time.”
You have one more chance this weekend to see the outfit during Tina Turner Heritage Days at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center before it goes to Nashville.