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Attorneys delivering closing arguments in Holly Bobo murder trial

Posted September 21

— After six years of questions and delays and a week of shocking and emotional testimony, jurors will soon have to decide if Zach Adams is guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering nursing student Holly Bobo in 2011.

Jurors came into the courtroom around 8:30 a.m. Thursday to receive instructions from Judge C. Creed McGinley. Click here to watch the full video.

Prosecutor Paul Hagerman started off the state's closing argument just after 10 a.m. by reiterating the horrible things they say happened to Bobo the day she was taken and was never seen again.

Bobo's father put his arm around his wife as they listened to the state's closing argument.

Slowly and deliberately, Hagerman took jurors back through the day Bobo vanished.

He claims Shayne Austin took Bobo and that all four suspects raped her before Adams and Jason Autry killed her and got rid of her body.

Hagerman then reminded the jury about the many people who corroborated the horrific story, saying Adams confessed to two different people.

Hagerman told the jury that it's time to do what is right and that the time is now.

Prosecutors reminded the jury that while investigators first suspected convicted rapist Terry Britt, they ultimately found nothing linking him to the crimes.

The state then took a huge jab at the TBI and, in particular, the case manager at the time, Terry Dicus, saying they should have known who took Bobo in the first few weeks, but they messed up instead.

The defense began delivering their closing argument just after 11 a.m. They claim Adams is "100 percent innocent" and are accusing prosecutors of having no evidence.

Adams' attorney says the state's story is full of lies and the suspects don't match the descriptions.

After the defense finishes and prosecutors give their rebuttal argument, it's up to the jurors to consider nine days of gut-wrenching and conflicting testimony and try to unanimously agree on a verdict.


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