Former Key Figure in Holly Bobo Case Commits Suicide
The lawyer of Shayne Austin, who was linked to Holly Bobo Case, told CNN that Austin has committed suicide.
On Monday, attorney, Luke Evans, confirmed Austin's death to NBC News, saying "it appears that Mr. Austin took his own life."
In March 2014, Austin was awarded immunity in the case of Bobo, a 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student, who had disappeared in 2011. Bobo's remains were found in September 2014. The attorney said that after a few days of getting the immunity, the state attempted to cancel the immunity deal and tried at least twice to accuse Austin.
Following this attempt, Evans filed a civil breach of contract suit against the state, requesting the court for the enforcement of immunity deal as well as a warning order to prevent the state from any future attempts at indictment. The case is still pending in the circuit court.
Evans told NBC Nashville affiliate WSMV that in early 2014, Austin supposedly had an agreement with prosecutors to give evidence in the murder case of Bobo, but they withdrew the deal later on.
According to WSMV, Austin was never charged but always remained a person of interest.
In April 2011, Bobo's brother told the authorities that he saw a man in camouflage taking Bobo away from their home in Darden, Tennessee.
Two men - Jason Wayne Autry and Zachary Adams - were charged in connection with Bobo's death. Both of them pleaded not guilty.
In the search mission of the student, volunteers from at least five counties took part. Moreover, even the donors helped raise an amount of $450,000 to help in find the person who was responsible for it.
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