Prosecutors in Tennessee have presented the charges against 33-year-old Zachary Adams in the killing of nursing student Holly Bobo in 2011.
As Fox News shares, Adams pled not guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering the 20-year-old who disappeared from her home in September 2011. Her remains were found in nearby woods three years later. Six men were arrested for their involvement.
Here are five disturbing details from the prosecution's opening arguments against Adams:
1. Adams asked for help from a friend.
Fox News reports prosecutors allege Adams (pictured above) asked his friend, Jason Autry, to help him dispose of the nursing student's body after he had raped her. He reportedly told Autry that he was going to "gut" her body so it wouldn't float when tossed into the Tennessee River.
2. She was still alive.
Bobo was wrapped in a blanket and put inside a vehicle while Adams was in the process of getting rid of the body. She apparently made a noise—indicating that she was still alive—and Adams shot her in the head.
3. Adams confessed to his crimes.
Prosecutors shared that evidence and testimony will show that Adams openly confessed about his crimes. He told Autry that he, his brother John Dylan Adams and a friend named Shayne Austin had kidnapped and raped Bobo.
In 2015, Austin (pictured above) was found dead of an apparent suicide.
4. Autry asked questions.
Autry (pictured above) was suspicious when Adams revealed his crimes. According to Fox News, the prosecution said that Autry openly asked, "How did this [expletive] get in your truck?" and Adams said the three men had kidnapped her.
5. Adams bragged about what he did.
Prosecutors allege that Adams openly bragged to Autry about what he had done. He "took her. He raped her. He killed her. He discarded her. He covered it up. He bragged about it. And he almost got away with it," the prosecutors said in court, according to Fox News. As The Jackson Sun reports, Adams later added, “’I couldn’t have picked a prettier b---h. It was fun.’”
Bobo disappeared from her own backyard on April 13, 2011. A massive search ensued with hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement. Hunters eventually came upon her remains in 2014.
Bobo lived with her parents in a rural community about 150 miles west of Nashville. The community is so small, Bobo's mother was apparently Adams' fourth-grade teacher. Adams is charged with felony first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape.
If convicted, he faces the death penalty.
[Photo: Facebook, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]
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