Jury returns guilty verdict in Holly Bobo murder trial

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SAVANNAH, TN (WSMV) — A jury has found a man guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering a Tennessee nursing student who disappeared from her home more than six years ago. Holly Bobo was 20 when she walked into the woods behind her family’s house with an unidentified man wearing camouflage and disappeared on April 13, 2011.

After six years of questions and delays and a week of shocking and emotional testimony, jurors will soon have to decide if Zach Adams is guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering nursing student Holly Bobo in 2011.

Bobo’s disappearance led to a massive search. Her remains were found in September 2014 in woods not far from her home in Decatur County, located about 100 miles southwest of Nashville.

On Friday, a jury returned a guilty verdict against Zach Adams for Bobo’s murder. He was also found guilty of kidnapping and rape. Adams is one of three people charged in the case.

Jurors heard the state and defense give passionate closing arguments on Thursday.

Zach Adams sits in the courtroom during his trial.

The defense argued there is a lack of evidence, saying the state’s star witness, Jason Autry, testified to avoid the death penalty.

The state reminded jurors that at least two witnesses testified that Adams admitted his guilt.

Adams is charged with first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.

The first-degree murder charge makes this a capital case, meaning the death penalty is on the table. Since Adams was convicted, sentencing will begin right away, and jurors will have to decide if Adams deserves the death penalty.

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