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New DA discusses changes in Bobo case

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Zachary Adams is charged with first-degree murder in Holly Bobo's death Zachary Adams is charged with first-degree murder in Holly Bobo's death
DECATURVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Less than 24 hours after authorities confirmed that Holly Bobo's bones were found in the woods in Decatur County, her family is ready to move on to the pursuit of justice.

Zachary Adams and Jason Autry are charged with murder and kidnapping in connection to Bobo's death. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Newly elected District Attorney Matt Stowe admitted it would have been hard to get a conviction had Bobo's remains not been found by the time the trial started.

Now, some believe there's enough evidence to pursue the death penalty.

Shayne Austin claimed he handed over information in this case to the TBI in exchange for immunity. He sued the state after learning that agreement might be in jeopardy over some of the statements he made that investigators believed were not completely honest.

Stowe declined to comment on where things stand on that aspect of the case.

"I'm going to keep that between us and his defense lawyers, what has happened there," Stowe said.

Austin has not been charged in the case.

After thousands of search hours, it was luck that led to the discovery of Bobo's skull in an area that had been searched before.

The skull was found near a home that Austin had moved into just two days before Bobo disappeared.

The skull, along with some of Bobo's personal effects, were found along the Bobo family's controversial cell phone ping map.

The Bobo family, with the help of private detectives, plotted cell phone pings from Bobo's phone.

"When we did aerial surveillance the first day, we were basically chasing pings," Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd said. "We were looking in those areas where the cell phones had pinged off towers, and that was one of the towers."

The TBI would not confirm or deny pings from Bobo's cell phone.

Stowe said he will discuss the pros and cons of a death penalty case with the Bobo family.

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