The Decatur County man charged in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of nursing student Holly Bobo has pleaded not guilty.
Zachary Adams, 29, was arraigned on charges of aggravated kidnapping and first degree felony murder Tuesday afternoon.
His attorney, Jennifer Thompson, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Late last month, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation searched Adams' home in Holladay, Tennessee, approximately 15 miles north of Bobo's home outside Parsons, about 100 miles west of Nashville.
He was arrested and jailed the same day on an aggravated assault charge.
News 2 has learned when Adams was transferred to the Chester County jail, he was searched and meth was found on his person.
He was charged with one count of meth possession and with bringing meth into the jail.
It was likely the third search Adams was subjected to while in police custody that the illegal drug was reportedly found in his pocket on March 1.
"Many times when inmates are smuggling contraband, they move it in different areas of the body," said TBI Executive Officer Illana Tate.
Bobo disappeared from that home on the morning of April 13, 2011.
Officials stated they found evidence that proves Bobo was taken forcibly and killed as a result of that kidnapping.
Authorities have not reported whether or not they found her body.
Adams arrived to the Decatur County Courthouse just after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Security was tight and he was wearing a bulletproof vest.
The Bobo family arrived about an hour later. They declined to comment on the case and left immediately after Tuesday's proceedings.
"They are a family of great faith and by the grace of God, they will get through this," Pastor Don Franks said.
Adams' attorney reminded him to not to speak to anyone as he left the courtroom.
The judge said he does not want the case to sit idle and wants to keep it moving.
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