Meth questions emerge dramatically in Holly Bobo case - WKRN News 2

Meth questions emerge dramatically in Holly Bobo case

Posted: Updated: March 12, 2014 05:47 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Ever since Zachary Adams surfaced as a suspect in the Holly Bobo murder case, there were reports of his meth charges.

A dramatic one was revealed late Tuesday by the state's top investigator during a hearing on Tennessee's Capitol Hill, but how is the meth issue tied to the Holly Bobo case?

"I have got to mention it," said TBI Director Mark Gwyn during a Tennessee State Senate Judiciary hearing about new anti-meth bills. "Lo and behold the person has several meth-related charges and the night we arrested him he was trying to get meth into the jail."

Before pausing, Gwyn asked lawmakers, "At what point do we not stop this, at what point do we not stop the murders?"

The TBI director began his comments by saying he investigated one of the state's first meth-related murders in the 1990s and "thought that would be the only time I would see that."

Gwyn then referenced the Bobo family, who has been waiting since April 2011 on word about the 20-year-old nursing student's disappearance.

"There is no family in this state that deserves to go through what that family has gone through for the last three years," the director told lawmakers.

So how directly is meth tied to the Holly Bobo murder case?

"I don't believe it would be something that is directly correlated to the Bobo case," TBI executive officer Illana Tate told News 2 Wednesday. "With meth being such an epidemic, it was a good segue to make sure that everyone acknowledges that this is yet another issue, and another layer."

The TBI in a statement later on Tuesday that said the meth on Adams was found on him when he was being transferred March 1 from one county jail to another in west Tennessee on separate assault charges.

A few days later he was indicted for kidnapping and murdering Bobo.

Click here for complete coverage of the Holly Bobo case.

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