Mother of Holly Bobo murder suspects discusses evidence in case - WSMV Channel 4

Mother of Holly Bobo murder suspects discusses evidence in case

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Cindy Adams (WSMV file photo) Cindy Adams (WSMV file photo)
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TBI agents searched Zach Adams' Decatur County home three times. Channel 4 video shows investigators loading a large item into their truck.

So what did they find? What evidence do prosecutors have in the kidnapping and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo?

The mother of two of the suspects, Cindy Adams, said she's seen the most damaging discovery, shown to her and her family, by their attorney and she said investigators have “a whole lot of nothing.”

"What this whole case is based on more or less is hearsay," Cindy Adams said.

In 2014, two hunters searching for ginseng found Bobo’s skull deep in the woods, but Cindy Adams said investigators didn't find anything on Bobo's remains linking her sons to the crime.

According to what she's seen, there is no DNA evidence: no hair, no blood, no fingernails, and no evidence to hide any of it.

"There's no chemical cleanup in that house. There's nothing, Carley, nothing," Cindy Adams told Channel 4’s Carley Gordon.

Investigators say there is a video, or at least, there was. They believed a woman named Sandra King saw a video of Bobo after her kidnapping.

"I seen a woman that was tied up that was crying," King said.

But according to Cindy Adams, there's no video listed in the discovery.

"That was the first thing I was told by the TBI, 'There's a graphic video. You don't want to see it. It's a done deal. It's graphic, Miss Adams. Your boys, they're awful. They're just awful.' There's no video, Carley. There's no video," she said.

We know there are potential case witnesses. Take Benjamin Lee Hendricks, for example. He shared a cell with Zach Adams in the Williamson County jail.

Hendricks told investigators that Zach Adams admitted to the crimes, that he, his brother Dylan Adams and Jason Autry dumped Bobo's body in the woods.

"Investigators say he told his cell mate, 'I raped Holly before I killed her,'" Channel 4 said to Cindy Adams during our interview.

"Well you know, Carley, that really kind of pisses me off,” she said. “Really for the fact that; so Zach has never told anybody that he's done this, anybody including myself, including my other sister that lives in Tennessee that visits him weekly. So Zach is going to feel comfortable enough to confide in this guy? You know, come on. No way he said this to this guy.”

What about Autry? He's also charged with Bobo's kidnapping and murder.

"Right hand to God, I'm innocent," Autry said in court.

His attorney says Autry now plans to take a plea deal in exchange for his testimony, but according to court documents filed by Zach Adams’ attorney, Autry's story doesn't match anyone else's.

"I would say he's probably a liar," Cindy Adams said.

As for Dylan Adams, he made a statement to investigators that they say implicates him and his brother Zach.

Cindy said she heard it. She's adamant that Dylan's statement was coerced.

"He couldn't tell what color shirt she had on. He couldn't tell her the color of her underwear. He couldn't tell you if she had on shorts," Cindy Adams said.

In a statement, the TBI said while it would be “irresponsible” to discuss specific aspects of the case outside of court, they are confident in the "tireless work of their agents and forensic scientists."

Cindy Adams said she's confident the opposite is true.

"I feel like if they had found anything, you know, we wouldn't be sitting here talking today. This trial would be over. It would be done, but they don't have anything,” she said.

Cindy Adams said she doesn't believe she's seen all of the evidence. In fact, she claims that prosecutor Jennifer Nichols is playing hide the ball.

Channel 4 reached out to Nichols. A spokesperson for her office said, “The judge has already ruled on the discovery issue and said the state fully complied.”

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