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Holly Lynn Bobo (born October 12, 1990 – 2011) was an American woman who disappeared on April 13, 2011, from her family home in Darden, Tennessee. She was last seen alive by her brother shortly before 8 a.m. walking into the woods outside her home with a man wearing camouflage. In September 2014, her remains were found in northern Decatur County, Tennessee, and her death was ruled a homicide.
Six men have been arrested for varying degrees of involvement in the crime. However, only three of the six men arrested have been prosecuted. The prosecution has been heavily criticized for their refusal to produce evidence against the defendants, missing multiple discovery deadlines, and for making frequent changes to the charges against the defendants with little explanation. The men are facing charges of especially aggravated kidnapping, first-degree murder, and rape. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Charges against two of the men were dropped and another named suspect committed suicide without any charges being filed against him.
Most of the arrests were made on the basis of a confession by John Dylan Adams, who told police he saw his brother, Zach, and another friend, Jason Autry, with Holly at his brother's home after her kidnapping. It is unknown what led police to question Dylan about Bobo's disappearance. He has since alleged that the confession was coerced. All of the accused men deny involvement in the disappearance and no additional evidence has been released. Defense attorneys for the men complained that they still had yet to receive a bill of particulars detailing the case against their clients and the results of forensic testing done on evidence from the case over a year after the arrests were made. Prosecutors were ordered to turn it over by December 2014. Attorneys for the defendants have filed motions to dismiss charges on the grounds of "silence or stonewalling". On June 3, 2015, Judge C. Creed McGinley again issued a deadline, giving them 30 days to turn over the evidence. In July 2015, it was announced that the defendants finally received access to all the evidence against them, although it still has yet to be released to the public.
The case has been met with several setbacks such as the death of a suspect, multiple changes to the prosecutorial team, and disputes with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The TBI briefly withdrew its services to the entire district after the prosecutor accused the TBI of compromising the case by proceeding "so slowly that the culprits were always one step ahead and that TBI... was leaking information and possibly covering up evidence."
District Attorney Matt Stowe said he and the TBI are still "actively looking" to bring criminal charges against additional people, although he declined to name the parties or the charges. A tentative trial date has been set for April 3, 2017.