A man charged in the case of a slain Tennessee nursing student said Thursday that he helped his friend unload the injured woman’s body from a truck and served as a lookout when the friend shot her near a river.
Jason Autry testified in the trial of Zachary Adams in Savannah, Tennessee. Adams, 33, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing Holly Bobo, who was 20 when she disappeared from her home in Parsons on April 13, 2011.
Her remains were found 3 ½ years later in woods not far from her home in Decatur County, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southwest of Nashville. Adams faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
Autry also is charged in connection with Bobo’s rape, kidnapping and slaying. He is on a list of witnesses who could get immunity in the case, and he told prosecutor Jennifer Nichols during questioning that he was testifying because he wanted leniency.
Adams’ trial began Monday. Autry’s testimony provided the most detailed description of the connection between Adams and Bobo’s killing. Bobo’s brother, Clint, has testified he saw his sister walk into woods behind their family’s home with an unidentified man on the day she disappeared.
Autry said Adams provided some graphic details when he told Autry that he, his brother John Dylan Adams and Autry’s cousin Shayne Austin had raped Bobo. John Dylan Adams also is charged in the case. His trial has not been set. Austin was found dead in an apparent suicide in Florida in February 2015.
Wearing a white prison uniform with the words “maximum security” on the back of his shirt, Autry told jurors he had been locked up for theft and drug convictions three times before he was jailed in the Bobo case. He acknowledged an addiction to methamphetamine and morphine.
Autry said he’d known Zachary Adams for years. He said he called Adams on the day of Bobo’s disappearance asking Adams for a morphine pill. When Adams called him back, he told Autry that he needed his help.
Autry then drove to…