Attorneys for Mayes' women speak out about the case

Mary Frances Mayes (left) and Teresa Mayes (right) are both charged in connection with the Bain family kidnapping.
Mary Frances Mayes (left) and Teresa Mayes (right) are both charged in connection with the Bain family kidnapping.

(WMC-TV) – The attorneys assigned to the two women charged in connection with the kidnapping of a Tennessee family met with their clients for the first time Tuesday night.

Private Attorney Terry Dycus and Hardeman County public defender Shana Johnson were assigned to Teresa Mayes and Mary Frances Mayes just over 24 hours ago.

Dycus represents Adam Mayes' mother, Mary.  Johnson is representing his wife, Teresa.

Adam Mayes is still on the run, and investigators believe the two youngest Bain girls are still with him. Dycus and Johnson say that Teresa and Mary are concerned about the children.

Action News 5's Jerica Phillips is told a judge ordered a mental evaluation for Teresa Mayes after upgrading two of her charges from aggravated kidnapping to first degree murder.

Mary Frances Mayes pleaded not guilty in to her conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping charges.

"One of the things that the state will have to establish is of course venue," said Terry Dycus, Mary's attorney. "She's charged with conspiracy so they will have to show an overt act that was committed by my client in furtherance of the charge of especially aggravated kidnapping."

"She knows they were alive when she last saw them. All accounts are that he was good to the children, that it was a family similar relationship and that the girls would not have been afraid of him," said Shana Johnson about her client, Teresa Mayes.

Both Teresa and Mary Mayes will appear in court on May 22.

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