The younger brother of the man accused of kidnapping and killing Decatur County woman Holly Bobo has now been charged with rape, along with previous tampering with evidence charges.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that John Dylan Adams, 26, was indicted on the charges this morning by a special Decatur County Grand Jury. The news release said that on Sept. 17, "Adams admitted to TBI agents that he was involved in the forcible rape of Holly Bobo on April 13, 2011, at the address of 235 Adams Lane in Holladay, TN, in Decatur County."
Dylan Adams has been charged with two counts of rape, according to the indictment in the Decatur County Circuit Court.
Sept. 17 also was the day Adams was arrested on a tampering with evidence charge after the TBI said Adams told an agent that he had disposed of evidence on the day Bobo was kidnapped.
"On September 17, 2014, this agent heard Dylan Adams tell other agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that on April 13, 2011, Dylan Adams disposed of item(s) he knew possessed evidentiary value relating to Holly Bobo," a warrant said. "This offense did occur in Decatur County."
John Dylan Adams, known as Dylan, is the brother of Zachary Rye Adams, who is charged with the felony murder and aggravated kidnapping charges in connection to Bobo's death. A second man, Jason Autry, also is charged with murder and kidnapping in the case. Bobo's partial remains were found in the woods of northern Decatur County last month.
The most recent charges against Dylan bring to light pieces of the TBI's case against the men charged in the Bobo case, placing Bobo in the Adams residence on Adams Lane the morning she disappeared, according to the agency. The TBI first said that Dylan disposed of evidence at the Adams home that morning and now that he participated in Bobo's rape.
The charges against the younger Adams brother both come from alleged confessions to the TBI, after Adams had previously been detained in federal custody on gun charges. The younger Adams brother's name came into the news early on after the arrest of his brother.
Zach Adams, 30, was charged earlier this year with trying to coerce Dylan not to talk about the Bobo case. A warrant on that coercion of a witness charge indicated that Dylan Adams was "a witness in a judicial proceeding involving the crimes of first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in Decatur County."
While he was in the Chester County Jail in March, Zach allegedly asked another inmate to pass a message to his brother, who was at that time being held in the Obion County Jail, a TBI agent said in a warrant.
Zach Adams asked the inmate to, "Tell my brother he is the one who started this (expletive) and if he don't shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her," according to the warrant. Adams gave the message on March 4 to an inmate who was going to be transferred to Obion County, the warrant says.
The federal gun indictment against Dylan Adams said he was an unlawful user of controlled substances or an addict.
The Madison County Sheriff's Department arrested Dylan Adams on the federal charges in Madison County on Sept. 25, 2013, and turned him over to the U.S. Marshals Service after an arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 16, 2013.
But members of the Adams family have said that Dylan Adams was actually being housed in Memphis and had been working in cooperation with the TBI on the case since early in the year. Family members have told The Jackson Sun that details Dylan Adams has told the TBI have likely brought about several of the developments in the case, but that they fear Adams' IQ, in the low 70s, has left him vulnerable and easily swayed.
Moss Miller, the first cousin of the mother of Zachary and Dylan Adams, has said Dylan Adams is "a grown man with the IQ of a 10-year-old."
After news broke of the new rape charges against Dylan Adams today, Miller responded with the same defense of the younger Adams brother.
"We are under the impression, in his mental state, he could be coerced to say anything," Miller said. "(After he was brought in for questioning on the Bobo case) they wouldn't let him eat or drink. I would be reluctant to think that this (the rape charge) is true. We are under the impression they are coercing him to say that."
District Attorney General Matthew Stowe said today he is appreciative of the hard work of the TBI to move the case forward.
"We are grateful to the TBI and the grand jury for helping us take one more modest step on the long road to justice for Holly," he said.