HOLLADAY, Tenn. — A man charged with the murder and kidnapping of a 20-year-old nursing student in West Tennessee has a history of violence toward at least two women, according to court records.
Zachary Adams, 29, of Holladay, about 80 miles southwest of Nashville, was convicted of shooting his mother in the knee in 2004 and the next year threatened to shoot his grandparents. The records also show a history of drug use that may have fueled that violence.
"We are in fear of our lives," Adams' mother and stepfather said in documents at the time requesting a protective order. "He shot his mother point blank with a 9mm Glock. He is a danger to us and the community and our relatives."
Adams was indicted Wednesday on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in the case nursing student Holly Bobo, 20, of Darden, Tenn. She was last seen April 13, 2011, as a man dressed in camouflage led her into the woods. Authorities have not said whether her body has been found, but prosecutors say they believe Bobo died during the kidnapping, snuffing out the family's hopes that she could be alive.
In 2004, Adams' stepfather and mother, Joseph King II and Cindy Lee King, filed their petition saying Zachary Adams was a danger to them and their two other children, John Dylan Adams, then 15, and Justin Clifford King, then 18.
Zachary Adams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the Feb. 7, 2004, incident. He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail, which was suspended except for six months, and Judge C. Creed McGinley of 24th Circuit Court in Benton and Decatur counties allowed him to serve that time in rehab about 50 miles away at the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.
By the time he was sentenced in September 2004, he had served 88 days in jail.
On June 16, 2005, Zachary Adams threatened to shoot his grandfather, Dick Adams, and grandmother, Becky Adams, with a shotgun, according to an arrest affidavit that charged Adams with aggravated assault. At that time, Zachary Adams also was ordered to have no contact with his parents.
At the bottom of the document from the Decatur County Courthouse, was a note: "victims (sic) apperes request no contact be reversed."
In May 2007, Zachary Adams was indicted on charges of theft over $10,000, accused of stealing a John Deere ATV, firearms with ammunition, a chainsaw, torches, shop rags, power boat and a small utility trailer from a lodge and campground in Sugar Tree, Tenn.
The indictment said Zachary Adams also stole a motorcycle, deer stand and bug zapper from a residence near his current home in Decatur County just south of Holladay, whose downtown is in Benton County.
Zachary Adams pleaded guilty to the theft charges Aug. 15, 2007, and was sentenced to two years and nine months with time to be served in the community correction program after 90 days in Decatur County jail. The statewide program diverts felons from Tennessee prisons to save money and provide a last chance before prison.
• On Sept, 17, 2007, Zachary Adams tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana and failed to abide by curfew, according to court records.
• On Aug. 15, 2009, he was booked again on a violation of community corrections rules.
• On Nov. 4, 2009, McGinley ordered Adams sentenced to three years in state prison. The judgment order said Adams was convicted on July 13, 2009, for simple possession of Schedule VI drugs in Franklin County.
The day of Holly Bobo's abduction
Holly Bobo, 20, of Darden, Tenn., was kidnapped April 13, 2011, after she dressed for nursing school, ate breakfast and studied for a test.
• 4:30 a.m. CT: Bobo wakes up to study for a nursing exam she was scheduled to take at 8 a.m.
• 5:30 a.m.: Her dad, Dana Bobo, talks to his daughter through her bedroom door before leaving for work. He sets aside some gas money for her.
• 6:23 a.m.: Sunrise.
• 7 a.m.: Her mother, Karen Bobo, gets ready to leave the house for her elementary school teaching job but first fixes her daughter's lunch and puts breakfast in the microwave as Holly Bobo sits at the dining room table studying. Holly Bobo's brother, Clint Bobo, is in his bedroom asleep.
• About 7:05 a.m.: Holly Bobo talks on the phone to Hanna Reece, a friend and fellow nursing student. They had been texting about the test.
• 7:25 a.m.: Drew Scott, Holly Bobo's boyfriend, calls her. He had been turkey hunting since before daybreak on the property of Holly Bobo's grandmother.
• 7:30 to 7:35 a.m.: Scott, Holly Bobo and her mother exchange calls about the turkey hunt and some confusion among Karen Bobo's relatives about why Scott was hunting there.
• 7:40 a.m.: A close neighbor of the Bobos walks out of his home to go to his construction job, hears a scream from the Bobos' house, tells his mother about it and goes on to work.
• 7:45 a.m.: The neighbor's mother calls Karen Bobo and tells a school secretary to relay a message about the scream. This is also the time Holly Bobo usually would leave for school to arrive at 7:55 a.m.
• 7:50 a.m.: A barking dog wakes Clint Bobo up. He notices his sister's car still in the driveway and calls his mother's cellphone at school. His mother does not have the phone with her but receives the message from the school secretary, phones home and talks to her son, who tells her that Holly Bobo's car is still there.
• 7:55 a.m.: Karen Bobo calls 911 from school; she reaches the wrong county's emergency dispatcher. Clint Bobo looks out the window and sees a man dressed in camouflage walking with his sister toward the woods. Clint Bobo calls his sister's phone and gets voicemail; he also calls her boyfriend's phone and gets voicemail.
• A little before 8 a.m.: Karen Bobo calls her house again. Her son tells her that he saw his sister and her boyfriend walking toward the woods. Karen Bobo tells him that the man is not Holly Bobo's boyfriend and to call 911.
• 8 a.m.: Clint Bobo gets a loaded pistol at his mother's request and walks out the back door through an open garage attached to the house. He sees a puddle of blood near his sister's car. His neighbor's mother pulls up the driveway to say she heard screams 15 or 20 minutes ago. Clint Bobo then calls 911. At nursing school, a few of Holly Bobo's classmates wonder why she's not there; one thought she might have been in a car wreck.
• A little before 8:10 a.m.: The first deputy from Decatur County arrives at the house. Eventually, authorities come to believe that Holly Bobo was abducted as she tried to get in her car to drive to nursing school. She is not seen again.
• 8:15 a.m.: Karen Bobo returns home from the elementary school where she taught.
• 8:30 a.m.: Dana Bobo arrives home from work.