MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Jury selection for one of the most high-profile murder cases in Tennessee history will be delayed until September 11, 2017.
Holly Bobo, a West Tennessee nursing student, disappeared in 2011. Her remains were found in 2014. Now, three people are charged in her murder.
Zach Adams' trial was set to begin on Monday, but new evidence was uncovered that forced the judge to delay the trial.
"Disappointing day, but one that was legally necessary and the right decision was made," prosecutor Paul Hagerman said.
Adams is one of two brothers accused of killing Bobo. Adams' brother, Dylan, is expected to plead the fifth during the trial. A third man, Jason Autry, is also charged.
New evidence, found by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and believed to be connected to the case, was to be introduced.
"It [a gun] was recently discovered within the last two months. It was on the side of the road with some mud, some dirt," Hagerman said.
Exactly when and where the gun was discovered has not been released. Now, Adams' defense team said it needed time to allow its own experts to take samples from the gun and the area where the gun was found.
"It's a critical piece of evidence and it's one, as the judge said, necessitates some time for the defense to talk to an expert," Hagerman said.
Judge C. Creed McGinley apologized to the jury and the courtroom for the delay.
"I'm doing something I've said time and time again I would not do," McGinley said.
"There has been some filings in the last couple of days asking for continuations...it was something we all feared could happen," Hagerman said.
The defense, prosecution, and Holly Bobo's family said they will be ready for the next step.
"Today, as disappointing and painful as it is, it's the right legal decision and they've accepted it and we'll be here in September," Hagerman said.
Adams' defense team refused to comment on the case.