- Associated Press - Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Latest on the trial of a man charged with kidnapping and killing a Tennessee nursing student (all times local):

5 p.m.

The lawyer for a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing a Tennessee nursing student has pressed a key witness in the case about his drug use.

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Jason Autry testified Thursday that he helped Zachary Adams unload Holly Bobo’s body from a truck and served as a lookout while Adams shot her near a river on April 13, 2011. She was reported missing from her home that day.

Autry also told a prosecutor he used drugs before they drove to the river.

On cross-examination by defense attorney Jennifer Thompson, Autry said he injected what he called a “cocktail” of methamphetamine and morphine minutes before heading to the river. He also acknowledged failing to remember calls and texts he placed that morning.

Autry acknowledged that “once that euphoria kicked in, you could say my track of time was altered.”

Later, Thompson asked if being high affects his memory.

Autry said: “That, and time, yes. We’re discussing events that happened six years ago.”


12:45 p.m.

A man charged in the case of a slain Tennessee nursing student says he helped his friend unload the injured woman’s body from a truck and served as a lookout when he shot her near a river.

Jason Autry testified Thursday in the trial of Zachary Adams in Savannah, Tennessee. Adams has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, raping and killing Holly Bobo, who was 20 when she disappeared from her home in Parsons on April 13, 2011.

Her remains were found 3 ½ years later in a wooded area.

Autry is also charged with Bobo’s rape, kidnapping and slaying. He is on a list of witnesses who could get immunity in the case and he told a prosecutor during questioning that he was testifying because he wanted leniency.

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