This undated photo file provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, shows Holly Bobo who was last seen April 13, 2011. / AP, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
JACKSON, Tenn. - Deputies say a man charged with the murder of 20-year-old nursing student Holly Bobo made suicidal comments and assaulted an officer.
Zachary Adams, already facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and first-degree murder charges will now face discipline for assaulting an officer, according to a report from the Chester County Sheriff's Department.
The report also said that Adams was overheard expressing the desire to kill himself in the Chester County jail where he is currently being held.
On June 13, Chester County Sheriff Deputy Mark Griffin received an incident statement from corrections officer Mark Morris which stated that Morris had overheard Adams make suicidal comments, "specifically to throw himself from the highest point to which he could climb inside his cell," a report sent out from the sheriff's department today said.
"I advised second shift supervisor, Sgt Brown, to have Inmate Adams moved to a specialized cell so that he could be monitored and observed twenty-four hours per day to prevent him from injuring himself," Griffin wrote in the report.
Correctional officers Jordan Phelps, Keith Crowe and Cody Riley later made statements that the three of them entered Adams' cell in order to move him and that Adams refused and resisted.
The officers said Adams jerked away from Riley and struck Riley with his hand. The officers reported that Crowe sprayed Adams with a chemical agent in order to restrain him and that Adams continued to resist and struck Phelps "on or about the nose."
The officers stated that Adams was restrained, but continued to resist and "attempted to trip Crowe at least three times and had to be physically carried to the cell."
Adams and Jason Autry, 39, who also is charged with aggravated kidnapping and felony first-degree murder in Bobo's disappearance, have pleaded not guilty. Authorities have said Bobo's body has not been found but that they believe Adams and Autry killed her shortly after she was kidnapped.
Brothers Mark Pearcy and Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy, who were arrested May 29, have been charged with tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact, said bureau spokesman Josh DeVine.
A court date on Adams' new assault charge has been scheduled for July 15.
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