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Women convicted of murder, kidnapping moved to therapeutic program

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It was a crime that rocked the Mid-South and made national headlines when a mother and her daughter were killed, and her two other daughters were kidnapped.

The mastermind behind the crime was a family friend.

Now, his accomplices, who are serving time with the Tennessee Department of Corrections, have been moved to a new West Tennessee women's prison.

Mary Mayes, questioned in an exclusive interview in 2013, revealed the horror of what she and Teresa Mayes were involved in. The horror took the life of Jo Ann Bain and her daughter Adrienne Bain, and kidnapped the other two Bain girls...12-year-old Alexandria and 8-year-old Kyliah.

Adam Mayes, who committed suicide when he was caught, is the man who committed the murders and was Teresa's husband and Mary's son.

"How can you put two children in a car with their mother and sister dead in the back of it?" Mary Mayes said in 2013. "I know it sounds funny to be afraid of your son, but I was afraid of him."

Teresa and Adam Mayes lived in Alpine, Mississippi, but Adam Mayes knew the Bain family in Whiteville, Tennessee, very well. He believed 12-year-old Alexandria was his new love.

But, Adam wasn't alone in the plot.

Teresa and Mary both played a role in the kidnapping of the two girls, even though they said they were basically Adam's pawns.

Teresa Mayes, in a plea deal, was sentenced to 35 years on two counts of aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder. Mary Mayes was sentenced to 13 and a half years for aggravated kidnapping. 

The two women were recently moved from the Tennesee Prison for Women in Nashville to the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning. 

Prison officials said they were moved because of good behavior. They are part of the Women's Therapeutic Residential Center at the prison...which focuses on changing criminal behavior and offering educational and re-entry services.

Teresa and Mary may also, sometime in the future during the program, have access to puppies and adult dogs, as well as Skype to talk to relatives.

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