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By The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 9:57 p.m.

HOLLADAY, Tenn. — A man charged with the murder and kidnapping of a 20-year-old nursing student in West Tennessee has a history of violence toward at least two women, according to court records.

Zachary Adams, 29, of Holladay, about 80 miles southwest of Nashville, was convicted of shooting his mother in the knee in 2004 and the next year threatened to shoot his grandparents. The records show a history of drug use that may have fueled that violence.

“We are in fear of our lives,” Adams' mother and stepfather said in documents at the time requesting a protective order. “He shot his mother point blank with a 9 mm Glock. He is a danger to us and the community and our relatives.”

Adams was indicted on Wednesday on charges of especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder in the case of nursing student Holly Bobo, 20, of Darden, Tenn. She was last seen April 13, 2011, as a man dressed in camouflage led her into the woods. Authorities have not said whether her body has been found, but prosecutors say they believe Bobo died during the kidnapping, snuffing out the family's hopes that she could be alive.

In 2004, Adams' stepfather and mother, Joseph King II and Cindy Lee King, filed their petition saying he was a danger to them and their two other children, John Dylan Adams, then 15, and Justin Clifford King, then 18. Zachary Adams pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the Feb. 7, 2004, incident.

He was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail. All but six months of that sentence was suspended, and Judge C. Creed McGinley of the 24th Circuit Court in Benton and Decatur counties allowed Adams to serve that time in rehab about 50 miles away at the Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

By the time he was sentenced in September 2004, he had served 88 days in jail.

On June 16, 2005, Zachary Adams threatened to shoot his grandfather, Dick Adams, and grandmother, Becky Adams, with a shotgun, according to an arrest affidavit that charged Adams with aggravated assault. At that time, Zachary Adams was ordered to have no contact with his parents.

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