Mom Passes Out During Holly Bobo Murder Trial

Prosecutor says killer lived in 'dark world'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2017 12:24 AM CDT
Updated Sep 12, 2017 4:21 AM CDT
Prosecutor: Holly Bobo's Killer Lived in 'Dark World'
Zachary Adams, left, enters the courtroom after a break in his trial for the kidnapping, rape and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo on Sept. 11, 2017, in Savannah, Tenn.   (James Kenney)

A man who lived in the "dark, dark world" of methamphetamine and morphine abducted a Tennessee nursing student from her rural home in 2011, then drugged, raped, and shot her before discarding her body and bragging about it, a prosecutor said Monday. Paul Hagerman made the statements during opening arguments in the trial of Zachary Adams in Savannah, Tenn. Adams, 33, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping, and killing Holly Bobo, who was 20 when she disappeared from her home in Parsons, Tenn., on April 13, 2011, the AP reports. Her remains were found 3.5 years later near her home in Decatur County, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville.

After kidnapping, drugging, and raping Bobo, Adams wrapped her in a blanket and took her in his truck to a friend's home, Hagerman said. He then called another friend, Jason Autry, and they went to the Tennessee River to "gut" her and put her in the water, Hagerman said. Bobo made a sound and moved, so Adams shot her in the head and got rid of her remains, the prosecutor said. Adams, who has a criminal record that includes drug possession and assault, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. The trial was briefly delayed when the victim's mother passed out on the witness stand. Karen Bobo was treated by paramedics before finishing her testimony. (More Holly Bobo stories.)

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