Holly Bobo suspect allegedly tried to threaten brother

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – New information has been released about the additional charge filed against the man accused in the kidnapping and murder of Holly Bobo.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that 29-year-old Zachary Adams had been charged with coercion of a witness in the case.

An affidavit from Decatur County General Sessions Court said Adams allegedly tried to threaten his own brother, who is a witness in the case and currently incarcerated in the Obion County Jail.

An inmate told investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that Adams learned the inmate was going to be going to be transferred to the Obion County Jail.

He allegedly then asked the inmate to pass a message along to his brother that said in part "he's the one who started this s*** and if he don't shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her."

The affidavit said another inmate overheard Adams make the statements, which allegedly happened around March 4.

Adams was already indicted by a Decatur County grand jury in March with felony first degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in Bobo's death.

Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student at the time of her disappearance, was taken from her family's home in Decatur County in 2011.

The additional charge was filed after new information developed in the case.

"We will not tolerate any kind of coercion in criminal cases, but in a case like this, which has attracted so much interest and requires so many resources, rest assured we will fight hard to protect the integrity of our work as we seek justice for the family and friends of Holly Bobo," TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a release.

Anyone with information about Bobo's disappearance has again been urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).

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