Zachary Adams, 29, charged last month with the aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo, missed a court appearance scheduled for April 9 and was allowed to have that Decaturville, Tenn. court appearance waived because the alleged murderer doesn’t yet have a lawyer.
WREG in Memphis reported that Judge Creed McGinley, who was overseeing yesterday’s hearing, allowed Adams to waive his appearance, but also expressed frustration over the fact that Adams hasn’t secured legal counsel. Adams has a lawyer in mind that he wants to represent him, namely Jennifer Lynn Thompson out of Nashville; but Adams hasn’t officially retained her yet.
Basically, the case against Adams is on hold, a situation which Holly Bobo supporters view as a delay tactic. A friend of the Bobo family, Tammy Ramey, said she was disappointed in yesterday’s proceedings, saying “The defense didn’t seem to be prepared, or it was a really good ploy to put it off.”
Something else that may keep Adams’ trial on hold even longer is the possibility that the alleged kidnapper and murderer cannot secure Thompson as his legal counsel, which might force him to use a public defender. Adams wouldn't be able to use a public defender from inside Decatur County as that would be construed as a conflict of interest, forcing him to search the networks outside of Decatur County for counsel.
The judge wants this case to move along, and has set Adams’ next hearing – one for which he will surely be present – for April 30. McGinley also wants to know before that time whether or not Thompson will be representing Adams. The judge also told prosecutors to continue gathering their evidence against Adams in an effort to keep their case against him going forward. The judge made a special point to tell the court that Adams must be present for any and all future hearings.
This Sunday will mark the third anniversary of Bobo’s disappearance, according to The Jackson Sun. After images of the smiling, beautiful, and missing Bobo went public following her disappearance in April, 2011, her story captivated the nation.
Reportedly, Bobo was kidnapped from her home three years ago and was last seen by her brother, being “led into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.” For more on Bobo’s disappearance, and the charges against Adams, see the video accompanying this article.