The mother of murder victim Holly Bobo broke down in tears on July 6 after learning that her daughter’s murder trial would be delayed after the state introduced new evidence.
The trial for Zach Adams — one of the three men who have been accused of slaying the 20-year-old nursing student in 2011 — was supposed to begin on July 10, but has been delayed more than two months and will now start on Sept. 11 after prosecutors shocked those involved in the case by admitting that they recently discovered a gun, though it remains unclear whether it was the murder weapon or if it could be linked to Zach.
According to a local news station, the gun was discovered underwater, and the defense has stated that they want to test the mud and water found on the gun to determind how long it was there.
Holly Bobo was last seen alive by her brother on April 13, 2011; at the time, she was seen at the early hours of the morning walking into a wooded area by her home with a man in all camoflauge. At the time, her brother Clint believed she was with her boyfriend, Drew.
Following her disappearance, an extensive search took place around her hometown in Tennessee, and more than four years after her disappearance, hunters found her remains in a wooded area about 20 miles from her hometown.
Since the discovery of her body, six men have been charged in varying degrees for involvement in her murder, though only three — Zach, his brother Dylan Adams, and friend Jason Autry — have been prosecuted. All three men have been changed with especially aggravated kidnapping, first-degree murder, and rape.
Zach has pleaded not guilty to the charges of kidnapping, rape, and murder.
With a new trial slated for Sept. 11, jury selection for Zach’s trial is set to begin on Sept. 9.