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Jury Selection In Bobo Case About To Begin As Plea Deal Falls Flat

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 20:16:32-04

With the final stage of jury selection Thursday for the Holly Bobo murder case, those chosen appear headed for trial.

This took place as the defendant, Zach Adams, has rejected plea offers, and there have been questions about the quality of the evidence against him.

One of the big questions going into trial has been: what's the quality of the evidence? Is it circumstantial or physical or DNA evidence?

"I do not believe there is any DNA evidence or direct evidence," said NewsChannel5 legal analyst Nick Leonardo.

If that's the case, Leonardo said prosecutors will depend primarily on witness testimony to prove Zach Adams kidnapped, raped, and murdered Holly Bobo.

So far five individuals have been granted immunity or plea deals to take the stand against Adams, but all will likely have integrity issues.

"It's really going to come down to credibility and what the jury believes," said Leonardo.

If convicted, Adams will be facing the death penalty, but questions about the quality of the evidence against him has likely been one reason Adams has chosen not to accept a plea deal for life in prison.

For the moment, he's set for trial.

The issue now has come down to selecting the jury in a very high-profile case.

"This is a death penalty case, so they need to get a death penalty qualified jury, one that is willing to impose the death penalty, not necessarily to agree that's the outcome, but to entertain that's a possible punishment," said Leonardo.

Leonardo said he believes a jury will be ready to go by the weekend, and despite rumors of continuing plea talks, the trial should begin Monday.

NewsChannel 5 will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the entire trial. The two Nick's -- Nick Beres and Nick Leonardo --  will begin our coverage Monday morning on NewsChannel 5+ and streaming here online.