Zachary Adams has been indicted for the 2011 murder of Holly Bobo, a nursing student from Tennessee. He was indicted on Wednesday for the especially aggravated kidnapping of Holly Bobo and first degree murder charges. According to sources closest to Adams, and a bad record to match, Adams was considered a danger to others for quite some time.
Long before he laid a hand on Holly Bobo,no one, not even Zachary’s own family, felt safe in his presence. In fact, his parents had sought legal protection from him via a court order in the past. Their statements in the documentation described a volatile and dangerous personality. Among the complaints against him, listed as evidence was their fear of imminent danger with him around. They stated, “He shot his mother point-blank with a 9mm Glock. He is a danger to us, and the community, and our relatives.”
Adams also shot his mother in the knee a decade earlier in 2004, and then threatened to murder his grandparents a year later in 2005. As far as Adams’ was concerned, no one was immune from his violent tendencies. He had quite a track record for violence and instability. The paper trail that precedes him reveals his propensity of violence toward women. When comparing this and the evidence surrounding his involvement in the Holly Bobo case, the evidence was overwhelmingly clear and was later indicted.
Bobo, who was a 20-year-old nursing school student from Darden, Tennessee, disappeared on April 13, 2011. It was said that the last time she was seen, a man in camouflage print clothing was spotting leading her into the woods. Prosecutors in the case have noted strong evidence that Holly Bobo was murdered and that there is no chance she survived the encounter.
When Zachary Adams’ mother, Cindy Lee King, and her husband, Joseph King II petitioned the court to protect them and their other children from Adams, he actually plead ‘guilty’ to the events they alleged against him. At that point in time, he was sentenced to serve a year in jail, but he only spent six month’s worth incarcerated, The rest of the time was spent in a drug and alcohol rehab some 50 miles away.
Not only did he leave a trail of violence and mayhem in his wake, but he also had a record for theft and a reputation for stealing large items such as an ATV, a boat, hunting materials, weapons, ammunition, tools, a chainsaw, a utility trailer, and a motorcycle. All these he took from a campground located in Sugar Tree, Tennessee. He also spent some time in the state Penitentiary.
The morning of April 13, 2011 was typical and for the most part, uneventful. The morning began with Holly, up before sunrise, prepping for an exam. Her parents, Dana and Karen Bobo, each left to go their respective jobs; Dana to his construction job and Karen to the school where she was employed as a teacher. Dana later recounted remembering that he had left her some money on the counter to use that day.
Holly’s brother, Clint, was still sleeping. The neighbor reported having heard Holly’s screams at around 7:40 am. A dog barking loudly awakened Clint. Karen Bobo called home when the neighbor had called her, reporting having heard screams coming from the Bobo property. Mrs. Bobo told Clint to get the gun and search the outside property. When he did, he found his sister’s car still parked in the driveway with a puddle of blood beside it.
Law enforcement officers assessed the situation and still felt as though Holly had been abducted. Holly Bobo was added to missing persons registries, where she has frequented the hearts and minds of Tennesseans for three years. Now, with the indictment of Zachary Adams for her abduction and subsequent murder, the case is taking a new but definitive direction.
Opinion by J.A. Johnson