Holly Bobo Trial – Day 2
September 12, 2017
8:58 a.m. – Court begins, judge and attorneys have discussion about hearsay.
9:03 a.m. – Jury enters courtroom. Judge McGinley speaks to jury about hearsay, reiterates that they cannot consider hearsay as evidence.
9:04 a.m. – Cross examination continues of Tony Weber regarding 911 call.
9:55 a.m. – Recess (15 min)
10:18 a.m. – Witness #8 Lawrence James, (Loren) TBI special agent, forensics and DNA expert. He responded to Bobo home for specialized investigation with three other TBI agents. He was told to focus on carport area after being briefed upon arrival.
10:48 a.m. – Agent James reported that blood stain was different, it was a smear rather than a spot. The lines looked like striations from fabric on the carport floor. He was called back to the scene to investigate a possible latent print on Holly's Mustang, a smeared area of a palm print with some ridge detail was visible.
11:07 a.m. – He described the process of determining DNA profiles. A reference sample was taken from Holly's underwear since she wasn't present to take the sample from her mouth. The samples from the carport were determined to be blood. Sample 1A elicited a partial profile, with dirt interfering in the sample under amplification. Sample 1B elicited was not a high enough level of data to make a definitive determination for DNA. Sample 1C matched the profile obtained from the reference sample from Holly Bobo's underwear. Sample 1D (the one with the striations) did not meet the threshold to obtain a DNA profile.
11:26 a.m. – Defense introduces Clint Bobo's Croc's shoes as evidence.
11:48 a.m. – Warren Rainey, THP is called to the stand. He interviewed Zach Adams and asked him for his number, Zach was hesitant, went inside to get a shirt.
12:20 p.m. – Lunch recess
1:30 p.m. – Judge asks jury about their interest in watching UT Vols game this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Many expressed interest. Judge said that he would accommodate the request.
1:32 p.m. – Stephen Brian Young, restaurant owner in Parson takes stand for prosecution. Describes Zach Adams hiding in woods during search.
1:41 p.m. – Matthew Ross, FBI Agent - Memphis, takes the stand. He interviews Zach Adams and identity's scratches on Zach Adams arms and legs. He told the agent that he got the cuts from running the the brush from police.
2:01 p.m. - Chris Hill, Park Ranger Natchez Trace State Park, arrested Zach Adams.
2:14 p.m.– Christee Clenney, RTI and Testing Coordinator, formerly a nearby resident of Swan Johnson Road, near Bobo Home. Noticed load white pick-up truck while walking pass slowly by. Raised her attention.
2:34 p.m.– Timothy Clenney takes the stand. Describes looking through mug shots and saw a picture that fit the description of the person his wife saw and that person was Zach Adams. The defense objected to the witness, stating that they were not aware of him and his testimony.
2:44 p.m.– Recess
3:02 p.m.– Court back in session after objection over Tim Cleeney's testimony, objection for mistrial denied (again).
3:06 p.m.– Rebecca Earp, Zach's ex-girlfriend, takes the stand. Indicated that Zach was stern and
threatening toward her prior to Holly's disappearance. She was a meth user along with Adams. Knew of Shayne Austin, he was more of a pill popper. Knew of Jason Autry as well. Zach hung out with all of these people. She tried to break up with him on April 12, 2011 and she stayed with him that night, the night before Holly was abducted. He left the house the next morning to "haul off scrap" between 6 and 7 a.m. Later that day, Zach comes to her work at Joe's Video in Parsons. They got into an argument. She thought he was lying about hauling off scrap metal because he was now using his brother's phone. He told her that they'll "never be able to find her". She didn't ask him about the scratches on his arm. She followed the news reports about Holly's disappearance. "He said that he would tie her up just like Holly Bobo and nobody would ever see her again." In July, after she left the house, but would
sometime to come to the house, she heard a conversation at John Mitchell's house about Holly, that
everything was ready to go in the truck and ready to go under the Birdsong Bridge to take the blue
Tupperware thing to Birdsong. She said that Zach knew Natalie Bobo through an introduction by her.
She said that Zach used Facebook frequently, prosecution introduces Facebook posts as evidence. He took her under the Birdsong Bridge often, they showed a picture of them under the bridge spray
painting their names.
3:38 p.m.- Defense cross of Rebecca begins. The Defense went after Earp on multiple things including her "foggy" memory, her changing of statements throughout the years, and her former drug use with Adams.
4:35 p.m.- Recess
4:49 p.m.- Back in session to take up 404B issue regarding domestic violence with jury out of the
4:55 p.m.- Jury back in session, Judge explains 404B to jury. Re-direct of Rebecca Earp begins. Establishes volatility of relationship with Zach. Gets her to explain what Zach said to her the day she left him.
5:25 p.m.- Trial ends for the day.