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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (WKRN) – An ex-girlfriend of Zach Adams testified Tuesday afternoon that she tried to leave him one day before Holly Bobo disappeared in April 2011.
Rebecca Earp told the jury that after his grandmother passed away, Adams started using morphine and meth a lot. She said his drug use made their relationship difficult because he had a bad temper when he was using.
The young woman also said she tried to leave Adams several times, but he would talk her into coming back to him.
“He’d be very stern and threaten me,” Earp testified.
TIMELINE: Holly Bobo abduction, murder
During her testimony, Earp revealed she tried to leave him again on April 12, 2011, one day before Bobo disappeared from her home in Parsons.
She said that Adams talked her into coming over and staying the night with him. According to Earp, she went to bed, but Adams never slept that night and woke her up around 6:30 a.m. on April 13, 2011, saying he was going to haul scrap.
Earp told the jury she felt like Adams was lying to her about where he was going and that he was using his brother’s phone instead of his own.
She said later that same day she noticed three long scratches on his neck.
Earp said when she was later cooking dinner at Adams’ home, a story about Bobo’s disappearance was reported on the news. According to Earp, Shayne Austin, who was charged in the case before he was found dead in February 2015, smirked and started laughing. She said Adams stated, “They’ll never be able to find her.”
Earp said she left Adams for good a few months later in July after the two had an argument.
“He said he would tie me up just like he did Holly Bobo and nobody would ever see me again,” she said while crying.
The day Bobo disappeared from her driveway, AT&T was able to ping her cell phone to several locations, including one near Holladay, Tennessee.
Adams, one of three men accused in the case, has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, rape and murder. His attorneys maintain that Adams has never even met Bobo.
Adams faces the death penalty if he’s convicted of first-degree murder. His brother, Dylan Adams, and Jason Autry are also accused in the case.
The trial is expected to last three weeks with as many as 90 witnesses taking the stand.
On Monday, Bobo’s family, including her mother, father and brother all testified. While on the witness stand, Karen Bobo said she felt sick and suddenly collapsed. It happened after the prosecutor submitted her daughter’s underwear and lunchbox as evidence. She said it was hard to look at her daughter’s belongings.
Karen Bobo was treated in the courtroom and about 30 minutes the trial resumed.
Judge C. Creed McGinley denied a defense motion for a mistrial after the trial resumed. He warned jurors to stay with the facts and not to sympathize with either side because of what he referred to as a “medical episode.”
Bobo was 20 when she disappeared from her home in the rural West Tennessee town of Parsons. Her remains were found in September 2014 by two men in woods not far from her home in Decatur County.