Holly Bobo Prosecution Could Have More Than One Trial

Posted at 7:27 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 22:22:50-04

Circumstances involving a key witness could lead to more than one trial for the Holly Bobo case.

There's a potential major shift for the prosecution in the Holly Bobo murder case.

First, talk of a change in venue and now the circumstances of a key witness could mean suspects will be tried separately.

Jason Autry, one of the suspects accused of killing Bobo, has been held alone at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison. It's looking more and more as though he'll stand trial alone.

"I'm a drug addict and a thief. Are you a killer? No sir. By no means I'm not a killer," said Autry during an exclusive prison interview in 2014.

Autry along with Zack Adams and his brother Dylan were charged with killing Holly Bobo. Autry hasn't spoken publicly since our exclusive interview, but he knows a trial for all three is set for next April.

"I think it's unlikely all three will be tried together," said Newschannel 5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo.

He agrees with those close to the case who tell Newschannel 5 that Dylan Adams is a key to the prosecution's case.

Dylan told investigators he saw Bobo through a window at his brother Zack's home alive -- with both Zack and Autry -- after she disappeared.

Leonardo says prosecutors figure to cut a deal with Dylan to testify.

"It makes it a lot easier to use one statement against another if they are separated into separate trials. They are going to let the co-defendants point the fingers at each other," said Leonardo.

The TBI case file accumulated over the past five years includes more than 200,000 pages. There's also physical evidence too - footprints, blood, bone fragment even a skull.

Yet, convicting Zack Adams and Autry may hinge on the testimony from Dylan.

"He's been lying his way all this time. You know he ain't seen that," said Autry, denying Dylan's claims.

When the Bobo case does finally go to court next April it will be six years to the month since she disappeared. The jury will come from outside of Decatur county, and it will likely take two trials to get justice.

For now, Autry and the Adams brothers are in this all together, but between now and and the trial next April that is bound to change.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case against all three suspects.