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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Victim’s Girlfriend Says Hernandez, Odin Lloyd Were in ‘Beginning Stages’ of Friendship


New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and Odin Lloyd were in the “beginning stages of a friendship” at the time of Lloyd’s murder, the victim’s former girlfriend said on the stand today.

It was Shaneah Jenkins, 23, who introduced Lloyd, 27, to Hernandez, she said.

Hernandez, who dated Jenkins’ sister, is charged with orchestrating Llyod’s murder.

Today’s testimony from Jenkins, now a second-year criminal law student at New England Law School, contradicts the defense team’s assertion during opening statements that the two men were good friends.

Lloyd and Hernandez “would hang out and smoke” marijuana in the basement of Hernandez’s Massachusetts home, Jenkins said, confirming that Lloyd had rolled joints in her presence.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Hernandez’s DNA is on a joint he shared with Lloyd.

When asked if she knew of any time Llyod and Hernandez were together without her, Jenkins said, “just the one I was made aware of the weekend he was murdered.”

Emotions ran high as Llyod’s relatives sat through testimony earlier today from the captain of the North Attleboro Fire Department, who responded to the 911 call after the body of the semi-pro football player was found after being shot six times.

Capt. John White told the jury he “saw a gentleman laying on the ground” and saw “no breathing” as he walked towards him.

A member of Lloyd’s family walked out as White described condition of the body. Other relatives were seen grabbing tissues.

“This person was laying on their back, face up,” White told the jury. “He had no pulse. He was cold to the touch. He was very stiff. You couldn’t move his jaw, couldn’t move his arms.”

White pronounced Lloyd dead at the scene. He said he noticed shell casings around the body and blood coming from the right side of the body.

When graphic photos appeared on screen, Judge Susan Garsh paused and reminded jurors of their purpose.

“These photographs are being introduced solely for the purpose so you can see the position of the body or any visible wounds,” Garsh said. “Please put aside any emotions or sympathy they may generate.”

The first witness today was William Cambio, who saw Lloyd’s body. Cambio works near the North Attleboro industrial park where Lloyd’s body was discovered.

Another man who saw Lloyd is David Swithers, president of Advanced Electronic Design, the company to which a high school student ran initially after discovering the body.

“I saw an African-American male,” Swithers said. “There were flies around his nostrils.”

Prosecutors said in opening arguments Thursday that Lloyd’s murder was preceded by a text message from Hernandez, now 25.

On June 17, 2013, Hernandez “told Odin Lloyd he was going to come out to his house that night,” Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg told the court.

Hernandez was driving when he and two other men picked up Lloyd from his home and brought him to the industrial park, near the Patriots’ home at Gillette Stadium, according to prosecutors.

“Odin Lloyd was shot six times,” Bomberg told the jury.

Hernandez’s defense attorney, Michael Fee, in the defense’s opening statement, declared Hernandez “an innocent man” and said the prosecution’s account of events was “just a story and it’s not true.”

“Aaron Hernandez did not murder his friend Odin Lloyd,” Fee told the jury, claiming investigators prematurely zeroed in on Hernandez to the exclusion of other suspects.

“You come with an open mind,” Fee said. “Give us a chance to show you the truth.”

Next week, jurors are scheduled to see Hernandez’s house, Lloyd’s house and other locations relevant to the case.

As Hernandez’s trial gathers steam, his former team, the Patriots, will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Hernandez caught Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the team’s 2012 loss to the New York Giants.



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Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age


BOSTON — Many of the first 100 prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have said they can’t be impartial because they already believe he’s guilty or have a personal connection to the attack that would make it difficult to be objective.

On Friday, the judge, prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers heard a different perspective: a woman who said she has sympathy for Tsarnaev.

The woman, a 51-year-old former software engineer who now raises chickens, cited Tsarnaev’s youth — he was 19 at the time of the attack — and said she would not be able to sentence him to death.

“I could see Jeffrey Dahmer after a lifetime of killing people — he needs to be put to death — but this kid is so young, and I wonder if he just made a really big mistake,” she said. “I guess that’s my biggest qualm.”

The woman said her daughter’s ex-boyfriend went to high school with Tsarnaev.

“It’s like seeing my own kid in court,” she said of Tsarnaev.

Judge George O’Toole Jr. did not indicate whether the woman would be excused. He has not said how many of the people questioned so far have been dismissed and how many have made it to the final phase of jury selection, when prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers will be able to eliminate a certain number of jurors for strategic reasons.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

Tsarnaev, now 21, has pleaded not guilty. He is charged with 30 federal crimes, including 17 that carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Source: DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer


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George Zimmerman assault charges dropped; ex-girlfriend recants


ORLANDO, Fla. — An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, according to a prosecutor.

State Attorney Phil Archer said Friday that he wouldn’t file a formal charge against Zimmerman, 31, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. The killing of the unarmed black teen touched off protests across the country.

The ex-girlfriend had made it clear she didn’t want to cooperate with Lake Mary Police officers, and there were no other eyewitnesses, Archer said.

“While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman … the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement … precludes my office from proceeding further,” Archer said in a statement.

Zimmerman was arrested three weeks ago. Three days later, in a sworn statement, 28-year-old Brittany Brunelle asked that no charges be filed against Zimmerman. She said she was under no pressure and had been offered no money to make the statement. It was released Friday by the State Attorney’s Office. Previously, officials hadn’t identified her.

Brunelle didn’t return a call to her cellphone Friday.

“The statements issued by the Lake Mary Police Department are not accurate,” Brunelle said in a handwritten note that accompanied her sworn statement. “I do not want to be contacted by the Lake Mary Police Department or the State Attorney’s Office.”

Zimmerman had denied throwing the bottle and disputed her claim that he destroyed her cellphone. A person who answered Zimmerman’s cellphone Friday morning said he wasn’t George Zimmerman and wouldn’t comment on the case.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West, called the case “more complicated than it initially appeared” and said he was disappointed Zimmerman had been arrested in the first place given the doubts surrounding the case.

“Certainly their decision not to file charges, we’re pleased by that,” West said. “It’s not particularly surprising. Early on in the case, she didn’t want to participate. … It’s evident she recanted.”

Officers patrolling the neighborhood where Zimmerman lives three weeks ago heard the sound of glass shattering, and then saw Brunelle drive out of the driveway. They pulled her over for a traffic stop a few streets over because she didn’t have her lights on.

She explained that Zimmerman became angry after she told him she didn’t want to take the relationship further, and said they also argued over a painting she had that he wanted returned. Zimmerman made threats and threw the wine bottle, which didn’t hit her, she said at the time. Officers described her as crying and upset.

Since his acquittal in the Martin case, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law:

__ He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn’t pursue the case.

__ Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed. No charges were filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.

— Last September, a driver said Zimmerman threatened to kill him, asking ‘Do you know who I am?’ during a road confrontation in their vehicles. The driver decided not to pursue charges, and police officers were unable to move forward without a car tag identified or witnesses.

__ Zimmerman also has been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.

Source: AP


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Defense: Cops quickly focused on Aaron Hernandez in killing


FALL RIVER, Mass. — A defense lawyer in the trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez says police and prosecutors targeted his client in the murder case from the beginning.

His lawyer Michael Fee told jurors Thursday in his opening statements that Hernandez is an innocent man and did not kill semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in 2013.

Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins.

He says Hernandez “never had a chance” because authorities locked in on him right away.

Fee says the investigation into Lloyd’s death was “sloppy and unprofessional.”

He says evidence will show that Hernandez did not kill Lloyd and did not ask anyone to do so.

Prosecutors said in their opening statement that Hernandez orchestrated the killing of Lloyd and then orchestrated the cover-up.



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Jury selection resumes for Boston bombings trial

Jury selection in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev resumed Thursday after a massive snowstorm forced the US federal court to close for two days.

It is the latest setback to the trial’s schedule.

Judge George O’Toole initially expected opening arguments to begin January 26 but even before the storm, the timetable slipped because jury selection has taken longer than expected.

Tsarnaev, 21, faces the death penalty if convicted over the April 15, 2013 attacks that killed three people and wounded 264 — the worst such incident in the United States since 9/11.

Defense lawyers last week sought for a third time to move the trial, saying that 68 percent of 1,373 potential jurors indicated on questionnaires that they already considered Tsarnaev guilty.

Prosecutors oppose relocating the trial, and say that surveys show more people in New York and Washington DC believe in his guilt.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges.

The marathon attacks plunged the northeastern city of Boston into mourning and revived fears of terrorism in the United States more than a decade after the 9/11 Al-Qaeda plane strikes.

Source: AFP


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Las Vegas mother will plead guilty in horrid child sex case


A Las Vegas mother has agreed to plead guilty in a revolting sex abuse case involving the videotaped rapes of her own children, allegedly committed by her ex-husband, herself, and the man’s current wife, according to her lawyer.

Terrie Sena was charged along with Christopher Sena and wife Deborah Sena with the sexual assault of at least eight children over a span of more than 12 years.

Terrie Sena will plead guilty to one count of sexual assault, and will face charges of 10 years to life in prison, according to her attorney, Tom Pitaro, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The same plea arrangement was offered to Deborah Sena, prosecutor Jim Sweetin said Tuesday. She has a deadline of Feb. 5 to reply.

“It’s a substantial punishment. I think it’s fair, given all the circumstances,” prosecutor Jim Sweetin told the paper. The plea deals will “save the children from having to come in and testify,” he said.

The three adults lived in a trailer with their children, who were raped, molested and forced to have sex with the family dog, authorities said. Police also found videos of the attacks.

Christopher Sena was arrested in September after Deborah Sena and a child told an attorney about the abuse. The lawyer contacted authorities.

Both women were later arrested after authorities viewed the pornographic videos. Their attorneys say they were held against their will and abused by Christopher Sena.

Dozens of charges including incest, sexual assault, and child pornography were filed against the three.

Source: DEBORAH HASTINGS/ New York Daily News  


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18 seated for jury in Aaron Hernandez trial


FALL RIVER — Thirteen women and five men were selected on Monday to serve as jurors in the Bristol County murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriot tight end who is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin L. Lloyd in 2013.

Superior Court Judge E. Susan Garsh said she will swear in the jurors on Thursday, weather permitting, unless she finds cause to dismiss any of them. Opening statements would begin after jurors take their oath.

Before sending jurors home on Monday, Garsh instructed them to avoid any media coverage of the case, and to avoid discussing it with anyone. Each morning before the trial begins, Garsh said, she will ask jurors if they have complied.

“Do your absolute best to avoid anything at all” about the case outside the courtroom, Garsh said, adding that the trial could last from six to 10 weeks.

The 18 jurors were culled from a pool of more than 50 people during a court session Monday morning. During preemptory challenges, Hernandez’s lawyers knocked out 17 potential jurors, while prosecutors found problems with 13. Lawyers did not have to give reasons for striking jurors from the pool.

Six of the 18 jurors will be designated as alternates after testimony ends in the trial and once deliberations begin.

After the jury was selected Monday, Lloyd’s mother, Ursula Ward, wiped her eyes as she sat with other relatives. Hernandez’s family was not present in court.

Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in the June 2013 slaying of Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester, who was shot several times in an industrial park near the athlete’s North Attleborough home.

Hernandez’s alleged accomplices, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, are also facing murder charges and have pleaded not guilty. They will be tried separately.

Shayanna Jenkins, Hernandez’s fiancee, faces a perjury indictment in connection with the case. She has also pleaded not guilty, but prosecutors have petitioned Garsh to grant Jenkins immunity, raising the possibility that she may testify for the government at Hernandez’s trial. Garsh has not yet ruled on the immunity request, according to court records.

Hernandez also faces two counts of first-degree murder in Suffolk County in the slaying of two men in Boston’s South End in 2012. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in that case; the trial is scheduled to begin later this year.

Separately Monday, prosecutors filed a sealed motion to bar the testimony of Dr. David J. Greenblatt, whom the defense wants to call to testify about the effects of PCP use on the brain.

Prosecutors have argued previously that there is no evidence that any defendant in the case used PCP on the date of Lloyd’s murder.

Source: Travis Andersen


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Juror questioning to resume in Boston Marathon bombing trial


BOSTON — Jury selection is set to resume Monday in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv).

Judge George O’Toole Jr. questioned about 80 people over six days. He has not revealed how many of them have been dismissed, but many prospective jurors said they could not be impartial because they already believe Tsarnaev is guilty. Others said they could not impose the death penalty. Still others said they haven’t formed an opinion about Tsarnaev and could consider both life in prison or the death penalty.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev is charged with 30 federal crimes, including 17 crimes that carry the possibility of the death penalty. He has pleaded not guilty.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in the 2013 bombing.

Source: AP


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A Manhattan made-for-TV murder


As Wall Street investor Thomas Gilbert Sr. stood under the giant elm trees shading Princeton University’s stately Nassau Hall on a sunny June Commencement Day in 2009, he saw a gleaming future for his son, Thomas Jr.

“He’s going to run a hedge fund!” the senior Gilbert, also a Princeton alumnus, declared with pride when asked what the handsome, 6-foot-3, blond-haired Tommy planned to do with his economics degree.

Things turned out very differently for both Tommy and his father.

Tommy, now 30, never held down a job after graduating and lived off his parents’ handouts. And on January 4 he was arrested on suspicion of shooting his 70-year-old father in the head inside his parents’ eighth-floor Manhattan apartment.

Tabloids and TV news were riveted by the drama of the wealthy scion who, according to an indictment, killed his father on a Sunday afternoon with a .40-caliber Glock pistol after asking his mother, Shelley, to run out and fetch him a sandwich.

When she returned to her tony Beekman Place apartment shortly after 3:15 p.m., Tommy was gone and her husband was dead in the bedroom, the Glock not so artfully placed on his chest, as if to suggest this was a suicide. She called 911 and reported that she thought Tommy had murdered his father, court papers show.

When cops descended on Tommy’s shabby, one-bedroom apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood around 11 o’clock that night, after tracking him down by pinging his iPhone and ordering him to return to his apartment, they found ammunition for a .40 Glock, a Glock manual and carrying case, a speedloader, a red dot site for a handgun, 21 blank credit cards and a “skimmer” device used to steal credit card numbers. Arrested on the spot, Tommy was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney’s office a few days later.

The details of the Tommy Gilbert case have captured the imagination of a certain portion of society in Manhattan and the Hamptons. After all, if money, good looks, an Ivy League education and an entrée to Wall Street aren’t sufficient ingredients for happiness and success, what is?

“People are calling him a monster, but the person I knew wasn’t a monster,” a former Princeton classmate tells Newsweek. “He was a human and a likable one.”

Marc Agnifilo, a lawyer for Tommy, declined to comment.

With his J. Crew looks (and a closet full of J. Crew clothes, according to a former girlfriend, Anna Rothschild), Tommy seemed like a classic New York WASP. He enjoyed the best education, starting with Manhattan’s elite Buckley School and the Deerfield Academy boarding school in Massachusetts. The family belonged to the obsessively exclusive Maidstone Club in fashionable East Hampton, New York, close to where his father and mother own a house worth more than $10 million in the elite Georgica Association enclave. Nearly every weekend, even in winter, Tommy surfed the notoriously rough waves off Montauk, and he went to NASA space camp as a child, a former Princeton classmate said. “I remember him saying once after graduation, ‘I always wanted to work there,’” the classmate said.

Shelley, a former debutante and the daughter of an AT&T executive, attended the all-female Ethel Walker boarding school, in Simsbury, Connecticut, and the all-female Hollins College in Virginia, two institutions known to draw proper, well-heeled young women. She worked briefly at a New York investment bank that later became known as Rothschild Inc. Shelley’s society wedding in 1981 to Thomas Sr., at St. Bartholomew’s church on Park Avenue, a Byzantine-Romanesque structure in which Vanderbilts worshipped, was followed three years later by Tommy’s birth.

Thomas Gilbert, Jr. is walked into Central Booking at Manhattan Criminal Court on Jan. 5, 2015. Gilbert is charged with murdering his father, hedge fund owner Thomas Gilbert, Sr. Jefferson Siegel/NY Daily News/Getty As blogs bristled with barbs about a “spoiled brat” and “trust-fund baby,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce indicated at a press conference on January 5 that money was behind the ghastly crime. The senior Gilbert had been paying the $2,400-a-month rent on Tommy’s Chelsea apartment, and New York’s tabloids reported that Tommy was not happy with his father’s threat to cut his weekly allowance to $300 from $400—hardly a princely sum in Manhattan.

Tommy is “clearly a bright, troubled kid” who had a “difficult relationship with both parents,” says a person close to him who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He needs serious psychiatric long-term treatment.”

While no evidence has emerged of a diagnosed mental health problem, there were some disturbing signs. Last September 18, court records show, Tommy was charged by police in Southampton with violating a June 2014 protection order taken out by Peter Smith Jr., whose father rode the Hampton Jitney bus on weekends from Manhattan with Tommy’s father. Only three days earlier, in nearby Sagaponack, the Smith home, a 17th century historic mansion, burned to the ground in circumstances that are unclear. Lisa Costa, a detective with the Southampton police who is investigating the fire, says Gilbert is a “person of interest” in the blaze.

Tommy spent the five years since he left Princeton doing not much more than surfing, practicing Bikram yoga, working out, eating sushi and watching Netflix, according to Rothschild, who dated him in early 2014. Rothschild, a 49-year-old Manhattan socialite who runs a public-relations firm and is 19 years older than Tommy, encouraged him to attend black-tie gala events, where he would sip one glass of wine at most. Until he moved into the Chelsea apartment in May 2014, he lived in a dark, cramped basement studio apartment, also paid for by his father, near 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, where the Upper East Side starts to turn from pricey to gritty. “Tommy was quite well dressed and very clean, but that studio,” with ragged furniture and a television with no cable service, “was appalling,” says a person who saw it.

His signature trait, friends and former classmates told Newsweek, was his quietness. “Basically, he has no friends, his phone didn’t ring and nobody texted him,” says Rothschild. When Tommy told her he was interested in acting, she said she told him, “I don’t think that’s the best option for you, because you don’t talk a lot.” But last April she encouraged him to set up a session with a photographer to get professional modeling pictures.

Tommy apparently never talked, even to his former Princeton classmate, about why he had graduated two years later than expected, though court papers show he was busted for drugs on the eve of his original graduation date, in 2007. “He seemed kind of gentle but insecure,” that former classmate says. “He always seemed ambivalent. He was sweet, but he seemed abnormally calm. He wasn’t even anxious about his thesis.” The 64-page thesis, titled “The Word Effect: Effects of the Word Content in the Financial Times on Firms’ Earnings in the U.K.,” is lightweight by Princeton standards. Wei Xiong, the economics professor who was Tommy’s thesis adviser, says, “I honestly don’t remember this student.”

Despite his father’s bold prediction at that commencement, Tommy was skeptical of Wall Street. He saw it as “having way too much power and control,” the former classmate says. Others say that was a reflection of his attitude to his father, who was also a Harvard Business School graduate. “He would talk about how anything he attempted to do, it wasn’t good enough” for his father, Rothschild says. “He probably figured, What’s the point of having a job?”

Last May, Tommy did register a hedge fund, though it never raised any money, securities filings show. In an industry where fund names typically convey meaning, he called his the Mameluke Capital Fund. The Mamelukes were medieval slaves who rose up against their Egyptian rulers in 1250 and held on to power for nearly three centuries.

While wealthy in absolute terms, the Gilbert family was not superrich by New York standards. A will filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court shows Gilbert Sr.’s estate worth $1.627 million. Slayer laws would prevent Tommy from inheriting his one-third share if convicted. In a possible sign of a cash crunch, according to a former colleague of the father, the Gilberts listed their East Hampton home for sale last month for $11.5 million. (The listing was canceled after the murder.)

Thomas Gilbert Sr. “was driven by power, money and success,” the former colleague tells Newsweek—particularly in recent years, as he struggled to grow a small hedge fund, Wainscott Capital Management, that he started in 2011 after four decades in private equity. The older Gilbert would typically sleep only four to five hours a night and fire off emails at 4 a.m. that were “frenetic,” this person says.

Frenetic was the last word people would use to describe Tommy.

At the Main Beach Surf Shop in East Hampton, George “McSurfer” McKee remembers Tommy as someone who always took the path of least resistance, who was “a little below-average in turning and catching waves. He was kind of fooling around.” While he always had plenty of surfboards, he tended to avoid the tough-to-control short boards, preferring a longer, wider “fishtail” board. “He would always,” McKee says, “ride the easiest one to ride.”

Source: Jackie Bischof


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Tennessee investigative agency says it has finished evidence analysis in Holly Bobo case


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Authorities say they have completed their analysis of more than 460 pieces of evidence in the case of a woman whose partial remains were found three years after her disappearance, possibly bringing defense attorneys a step closer to seeing how prosecutors have linked their clients to her.

Two men, Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, were arrested last spring and charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of Holly Bobo, a nursing student who was 20 when she disappeared from her house in April 2011. In October, John Dylan Adams was charged with raping Bobo. All have pleaded not guilty.

No trial has been set and the defendants’ lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the charges. The attorneys said they had not received any evidence linking their clients to the crime. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Thursday that some hair samples have been sent to the FBI for testing, but the TBI has analyzed all the evidence it has received.

Still, it was unclear when the defense would receive any information. District Attorney Matt Stowe told The Associated Press that they would get the evidence they’re requesting “at some point.”

At the time of Bobo’s disappearance, her brother told police he saw a man dressed in camouflage leading her into the woods near her home in Parsons, located about 110 miles east of Memphis. Last September, more than three years later, authorities said two men searching for ginseng found Bobo’s skull in a wooded area not far away.

Bobo’s disappearance and the subsequent lengthy search attracted national attention as authorities distributed posters with her photograph throughout the South.

Prosecutors have not said whether they plan to seek the death penalty. Hearings scheduled for this month have been postponed to an undetermined future date.

Jennifer Lynn Thompson, Adams’ attorney, says state prosecutors have not even told her who found Bobo’s remains or where they were found.

“I do not understand what is happening,” Thompson said. “I have never before been involved in a case where there is no information about why my client was charged.”

In the motion to dismiss, Thompson and Fletcher Long, Autry’s lawyer, asked the judge to force prosecutors to produce “all dental record analysis and forensic studies” performed on the skull.

Adams has been in jail since March and Autry has been in jail since April. At a court hearing Dec. 17, Decatur County Circuit Judge Creed McGinley expressed concern that prosecutors had not yet provided key evidence to defense attorneys. He ordered the state to begin turning it over by Dec. 24.

Thompson says the state missed that deadline.

Then, TBI Director Mark Gwyn — who has said the Bobo investigation has been the most exhaustive and expensive in agency history — announced he was suspending all work on the case after District Attorney Matt Stowe accused TBI agents of misconduct.

Stowe took office Sept. 1 after defeating District Attorney Hansel McCadams, who had indicted Adams and Autry.

The dispute was only resolved after Stowe stepped down from the case and Jennifer Nichols, a Shelby County attorney who was Stowe’s co-counsel on the case and who had worked with death-penalty cases, was appointed as a special prosecutor. She is the third prosecutor in the case, which Stowe said is unusual.

He said the fact that multiple prosecutors have been involved, plus the complex nature of the case, have contributed to the delays.

“We’re talking about terabytes and terabytes of information,” he said.

Attorney Steve Farese, who represents the Bobo family, said the recent developments in the case are “different” than in other cases, and he acknowledged that the family is concerned with how the case is going.

“But they understand that this is a tedious process and they want to make sure everyone has their t’s crossed and their i’s dotted and to get this thing done right,” Farese said.

Later, Farese added: “No one should lose focus that this is about justice.”

Source: AP FoxNews