Judge in Bobo case anticipates trial starting in April 2017 - WSMV News 4

Judge in Holly Bobo case anticipates trial starting in April 2017

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The judge in the Holly Bobo case said he anticipates the trial could start April 3, 2017.

A status hearing for suspects Jason Autry and Dylan Adams was held on Wednesday morning.

Brothers Zach and Dylan Adams, along with Autry, are all charged in connection to Bobo's murder. She went missing from her family's home in Darden on April 13, 2011.

In court on Wednesday, Autry's attorney asked for new co-counsel because John Herbison and Fletcher Long, who were both on the case, can no longer practice. He also asked to withdraw previous motions filed by Long and Herbison.

Judge Creed McGinley noted they are moving things along as quickly as they can for a case of this nature and set the pre-trial motion deadline for July 18.

The state's deadline to respond to pre-trial motions has been set for Aug. 15.

While state prosecutors said they will be ready in time, defense attorneys told a different story.

“We’re here to seek justice for Mr. Autry, and whatever time we need to go through the TBI’s investigative reports and find the right evidence we need, we’re going to take it and we’re going to request it from the court if necessary,” said Michael Scholl, Autry’s defense attorney.

Judge McGinley heard the concerns, but said April 3 is the date and he’s sticking to it.

“I’m going to need for you to humor me on this,” the judge said. “I’m going to hold that date.”

All of these motions will be heard in Decatur County, even though the judge says there could eventually be a change of venue.

After nearly five years, the Bobos said they remain hopeful.

“Judge McGinley is a man of his word, and he said he’d be trying someone on April the 3rd, 2017 in the Holly Bobo case,” said Don Franks, the Bobo family’s pastor. “This community is expecting the trial to start on April 3, 2017.”

Bobo’s murder investigation has been the most expensive and extensive in the history of the TBI. The state said it has about 4 terabytes worth of discovery.

It’s unclear at this time if the three suspects will be tried separately or together.

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