Testimony reveals gun at center of Holly Bobo case was exchanged for drugs

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SAVANNAH, Tenn. (WKRN) – Testimony Friday revealed that the gun prosecutors say was used to kill Holly Bobo was exchanged for drugs.

Victor Dinsmore was among those who took the witness stand to testify.

He said he was on disability at the time Holly Bobo disappeared, and was selling morphine to make money. He claims he sold morphine to Zach Adams and the other defendants accused in the Bobo case.

According to Dinsmore, Shayne Austin, who was a defendant in the high-profile case before his death, traded 12 morphine pills with him for the gun.

Dinsmore said he planned to sell the weapon for money, but wound up giving it to his wife for protection.

“I gave that gun to my wife because I didn’t want what happened to Holly… to protect herself,” he explained.

Victor Dinsmore (Photo: WKRN)

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Dinsmore said he later discovered that the gun might be the one that killed Bobo, so he allegedly had his wife get rid of the weapon by dumping it in a creek not far from their home in 2011.

“I was afraid it had a body on it,” he said. “It means it had killed somebody.”

However, Dinsmore didn’t notify the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation about where the gun could be until last year.

“We went off on Holiday Road and helped them look [for the gun],” he said.

The gun was ultimately found and is considered a key piece of evidence in the case.

While on the stand, Dinsmore also alleged that after Bobo’s disappearance that Adams hid his car on his property. It’s unclear where that car is now.

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Dinsmore testified under a federal deal granting him immunity from gun charges. He is convicted felon who is not allowed to have a gun.

In addition to Dinsmore’s testimony, a TBI agent testified about some mistakes made in the investigation into Bobo’s disappearance.

Agent Brent Booth said he made the young woman’s case a priority, but it was a mission that would prove to be a difficult one.

“Find Holly – that was our No. 1 mission,” Booth said.

Booth recalled searching in wells and barns immediately after the 20-year-old nursing student disappeared.

“We searched everywhere,” he recalled.

After more than three years, the search for Bobo was called off on Sept. 7, 2014. Months later a call came in that refocused the investigation, but also pointed to some costly mistakes.

“Took it apart – all of it from day one and pulled out information that we had and didn’t realize we had,” Booth said.

TBI agent Brent Booth (Photo: WKRN)

Booth said certain stories didn’t match up and the men involved in the murder were still walking free.

Agent Booth said that during the initial investigation they questioned every sex offender in the area and even wire tapped a man’s home. That man was never linked to the case.

Zach Adams is on trial for Bobo’s death in 2011. His trial began Monday in Savannah, Tennessee, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville.

Adams has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.

Bobo was 20 when she disappeared from her home in the rural West Tennessee town of Parsons in April 2011. Her remains were found in September 2014 by two men in woods not far from her home in Decatur County.

Adams faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

His brother Dylan Adams is also accused in the case along with Jason Autry.

The trial is expected to last three weeks with as many as 90 witnesses taking the stand.

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