SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Seasoned and well-respected Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Nichols is the new prosecutor handling the Holly Bobo murder case.
Nichols was appointed in the fall, but was taken off the case by District Attorney Amy Weirich after the 24th District Attorney Matt Stowe accused the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation of misconduct in their investigation of the Bobo case.
"I wasn't part of that," explained Nichols.
The Shelby County District Attorney's office took over as prosecutor in the Bobo case after things were smoothed over between Stowe and the TBI. Stowe has excused himself from the case.
"At the end of the day, this is a first degree murder case," said Nichols. "The elements of the case don't change."
Nichols cannot discuss the specifics of the case, but she knows a lot of people will be watching because of the interest in the Bobo murder.
"You have to prove the same thing that you would on a case that isn't a high profile case," Nichols added.
Holly Bobo disappeared in April 2011. Her body was discovered in September 2014. Zach Adams and Jason Autry have been charged with kidnapping and murder. Adam's brother, Dylan Adams, is charged with rape.
Nichols says with every case she feels a responsibility to families like the Bobo's who want justice.
"I would be lying if I said I don't feel that pressure because I do," said Nichols.
A trial date has not yet been set in the Holly Bobo murder case.