- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man charged with kidnapping and killing nursing student Holly Bobo is now accused of threatening his own brother if the brother didn’t keep quiet.

WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1j16qbe ) reported this week that a police affidavit says murder suspect Zachary Adams told a jail inmate to relay a message to his brother to keep quiet.

Adams said “tell my brother he is the one who started this … and if he doesn’t shut his mouth he will be in the hole beside her,” an affidavit filed by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent with the Decatur County General Sessions Court said. Calls to the Decatur County General Sessions Court Clerk’s office went unanswered Wednesday. WTVF was able to obtain the affidavit and provide a copy to the Associated Press.

Adams is currently jailed on charges of aggravated kidnapping and felony murder in connection with Bobo’s disappearance. On Tuesday, the TBI announced that Adams had been charged with one count of coercion of a witness, but the agency offered few other details.

Adams‘ attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Adams has pleaded not guilty to charges of felony murder and especially aggravated kidnapping in connection with Bobo’s disappearance.

The 20-year-old disappeared in April 2011 outside her home near Parsons, Tenn. Her body was never found. Bobo’s brother told police that the last time he saw her she was being led into the woods by a man dressed in camouflage.

Adams was charged in the case nearly three years after the young woman’s disappearance, but authorities have yet to provide a motive.

The affidavit filed by the TBI says an inmate told authorities that while he was in jail in Chester County, Adams approached him after finding out that the inmate would be transferred to the Obion County jail where Adams‘ brother was being held. The affidavit says that at least one other inmate overheard Adams delivering the message that he wanted relayed to his brother. Adams issued the warning sometime around March 4, the paperwork says.

The report does not provide the brother’s name or say why he was being held in the Obion County Jail. Officials at the Obion County Jail did not immediately respond to questions about the brother.

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Information from: WTVF-TV, http://www.newschannel5.com