Man granted immunity in Holly Bobo case commits suicide
(CNN) — A man who had been linked to the death investigation of Holly Bobo has committed suicide, his attorney told CNN.
Attorney Luke Evans said he learned of Shayne Austin’s death Monday.
Austin was granted immunity in the case of Bobo, a 20-year-old Tennessee nursing student who disappeared in 2011. Bobo’s remains were found last September.
Two men have been charged in connection with Bobo’s death: Jason Wayne Autry and Zachary Adams. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Days after Austin was granted immunity in March 2014, the state tried to void the immunity deal and tried at least twice to indict Austin, his attorney said.
As a result, Evans filed a civil breach of contract suit against the state, asking the court to enforce the immunity deal as well as a restraining order to prevent the state from further attempts at indictment. That case is pending in circuit court, Evans said.
Bobo’s brother has told authorities he saw a man in camouflage leading Bobo away from their home in Darden, Tennessee, in April 2011.
Volunteers from at least five counties searched for the student, and donors raised than $450,000 in reward money to help find whoever was responsible.