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Suspect in Bobo case has mind of child, cousin says

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Dylan Adams appeared in court for the first time on Monday. Dylan Adams appeared in court for the first time on Monday.
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The family of the latest man accused in the Holly Bobo murder said Wednesday there's no way he could have been involved because he has the mental capacity of a child.

Dylan Adams is the brother of Zach Adams, the key suspect in the murder. He is accused of throwing away evidence.

A family member said Dylan Adams has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, and the TBI is taking advantage of that.

"When they arrested Dylan, I said that I'm not going to stand by and let this happen to him," said Moss Miller, a cousin of Dylan and Zach Adams.

Miller owns two car dealerships in Jackson, TN. He told Channel 4 News there's something everyone needs to know about Dylan Adams.

"If they have been around this young man for very long, they will understand that he is not mentally capable," Miller said.

Investigators arrested Dylan Adams last week. According to the warrant, he admitted to multiple TBI agents that he discarded evidence the day Bobo disappeared.

"He can't even tell time," Miller said. "He can read on a limited scale, but for him to go through a legal document and decide if it's appropriate for him to sign or not, no way."

Miller said if Dylan Adams did discard evidence, it could not have been intentional.

"He has the mind of a child. Dylan will do anything you ask him to," Miller said.

Though Dylan and Zach Adams are brothers, Miller said they do not get along.

"Zachary was fairly mean to him, to the point of hitting him, so they said Dylan was afraid of him," Miller said.

Miller said he feels the TBI is taking advantage of Dylan Adams.

"Most definitely I do," he said. "I'm reluctant to say much about that. I don't want to sound like I don't believe or trust in the law enforcement that we have. However, it appears that way to all of us, all in the family."

Miller said Zach Adams found trouble early on in life.

"In earlier stages of life, he had good jobs," Miller said. "He's had a drug problem from an early age."

Miller said Zach Adams used meth and did some bad things while on it.

"If he did steal, it was to sustain his drug problem or his drug habit, but not to the point of killing people," Miller said.

Zach Adams also hung out with a rough crowd, Miller said.

"They were a pretty rowdy bunch," he said. "They called themselves 'The A-Gang.' All of their last names ended with A."

Zach Adams and Jason Autry are both charged with Bobo's murder. Another man, Shane Austin, cut a plea deal with the TBI and has been out of jail ever since.

"The skull, they all say it was about 12 miles from Zach's house," Miller said of Bobo's remains found in Decatur County. "My understanding is that the skull was found three miles from that fellow's house."

Miller said when two ginseng hunters found Bobo's skull, they also found a drywall bucket. That's why they came back to Dylan Adams' home and tore out part of the walls.

"There's no evidence that he's done anything, and they've done everything they can and destroyed the house to try and find something," Miller said.

Miller feels the investigation into Zach Adams is flawed.

"We do not believe that he did it," he said.

Miller said he thinks the community has turned this case into a "witch hunt."

"They're hollering justice, justice, justice," Miller said. "To me, it's let's hang this guy. To me, it's not like let's make sure he did it."

However, Miller said he wants justice for all, including the Bobo family.

"If in fact he and his gang or he alone perpetrated this murder, then they need to pay for it," Miller said. "Dylan does not play into that. Dylan did not play a part in this. I would stake my life on it."

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