Zach Adams, Jason Autry and Mark Pearcy are all charged in connection with the Holly Bobo case
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
You've heard about these three men: Zach Adams, Jason Autry and Mark Pearcy.
All are charged in connection with the Holly Bobo case, but in an exclusive interview with the Channel 4 I-Team, the ATF says all three suspects all share a dark secret: They're involved with one of the most violent white supremacists groups.
"Because they are all associated with the Aryan Nations, either members or associates, I believe they do know each other," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Fulton.
The ATF says Adams, Autry and Pearcy were already on the feds' radar for their connection to the underground gun trade and the Aryan Nations, an organized group that does much of its business from inside prisons.
"They're all convicted felons, they've all been to jail, many of them have been to prison, certainly it's based, has roots in the prison system, it wouldn't be hard for me to imagine that's where they at least learned about it and were first inundated in that kind of activity," Fulton said.
Adams and Autry have both been charged in the 2011 kidnapping and murder of the nursing student. Pearcy is charged with evidence tampering and accessory after the fact.
The ATF was already gathering intelligence on the three suspects dating back to 2010 as part of their effort to crack down on violent crime in Decatur and Henderson County.
Adams is also believed to be involved in obliterating serial numbers off a stolen gun.
"The only reason people obliterate serial numbers is to hide the history of the gun, to really, when the gun is disposed of, it doesn't tie back to them," Fulton said.
"We were fortunate and able to catch them with that gun, it was stolen, had an obliterated serial number," Fulton added.
The feds say in 2012 Autry was also involved in a violent run-in with law enforcement in Decatur County, where police fired shots at him after he came at them with his car.
Pearcy was picked up this year on a federal gun charge as a result of a search warrant.
"This is what the ATF does, these people that are prohibitive people, convicted felons, violent criminals espoused to a racist extremist propaganda, and they're up to no good, so, we can use the firearms laws and our expertise to take them off, that is what we do," Fulton said.
Channel 4 wants to clarify that the ATF is talking about the three suspects' involvement in separate cases that have nothing to do with the Bobo case. The ATF said they could not talk about the Bobo investigation.
Channel 4 contacted all the suspects' attorneys about this story. Pearcy's lawyer says his client being connected with the Aryan Nations would be news to him and added he hasn't heard that about any of the suspects charged in the Bobo case. Autry's attorney said he is unaware of what the ATF claims about his client. Adams' attorney has not returned Channel 4's request for comment.
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