JULY 6– Zach Adams, the first of three defendants to be tried in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Holly Bobo, was led into the Hardin County Courthouse this morning wearing a bulletproof vest by law enforcement officials for what was supposed to be final jury selection and the commencement of his trial.
The trial was set to begin Monday morning with opening statements, and the jury of 15 – 12 jurors and three alternates – that should have been selected today and tomorrow were to be sequestered for the duration of the trial expected to last anywhere from a week to two weeks.
The Hardin County Court Clerk’s office confirmed at about 10:15 a.m., however, that Circuit Court Judge Creed McGinley, who is presiding over the trial, has granted a defense motion for a continuance after prosecutors introduced new evidence in the case.
Final jury selection is now scheduled to occur on Saturday, Sept. 9, with the trial beginning with opening statements on Monday, Sept. 11.
On June 23, several media outlets covering the case reported that prosecutors introduced a gun that was found in water or a muddy area over the Memorial Day weekend. Defense attorneys immediately sought a continuance to allow them to inspect the gun and possibly retain an expert, but that motion was denied by McGinley at that time.
This morning, as McGinley was hearing motions on the case prior to final jury selection, the defense apparently resubmitted the motion for a continuance based on the new evidence and McGinley granted the motion just before 10 a.m.
As the final jury has not yet been selected, the entire jury pool was released and sent home, and told to return on Sept. 9.
The other two defendants who have been indicted by a Decatur County grand jury, where the crime is alleged to have occurred, are Adams’ brother Dylan Adams and Jason Autry. Trial dates for those two defendants have not yet been set.