(WMC) - The two men charged in connection to the 2011 disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo both appeared in court Wednesday at 1 p.m.
First to appear was Jason W. Autry, who was charged on Tuesday. The court entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf. Afterward, Autry told Judge Charles Creed McGinley he is innocent of those charges.
"Sir, I'm falsely accused and innocent," he said.
More than once, Autry asked the judge to allow someone to remove his handcuffs.
"Your honor, can I address the court? My hands are purple, I can't feel nothing. These cuffs are extremely too tight. I can't feel -- you can see my hands are purple," he added.
Judge McGinley disregarded Autry's request and continued on with the hearing.
"They've got standards that they follow, hopefully they can accommodate you, we're gonna get this hearing done though, OK?"
Before leaving the courtroom, Autry asked again that his handcuffs be removed. He also, once again, declared his innocence to the judge.
"These people said, if you would let them, they'd undo these cuffs and let blood get to my hands. My hands are numb, sir, they've been numb since I left Nashville, Tenn.," said Autry. "Your honor, I wanna say one thing. I'm innocent of these charges. Right hand before God, I'm innocent, sir."
"He is innocent," said his mother, Shirley King. "Anybody that says he isn't is a damn liar."
Autry is due back in court on June 4 at 1 p.m. for a hearing to determine whether he can obtain private counsel.
Zachary Adams appeared in front of the judge after a short recess. This time, he had an attorney with him who entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf for the coercion of a witness charge. He is accused of threatening his brother Dylan. Investigators say Dylan Adams told them he saw Holly Bobo alive inside Zach Adams house after she disappeared.
Adams' attorney, Jennifer Lynn Thompson, said her client signed some land over to his grandfather, who then hired her to represent his grandson.
The prosecutor was asked to furnish "everything she can" to Thompson in 60 days. Judge McGinley said he will not take up anything that has to do with Adams' case without him being present in court.
Thompson also suggested providing her client with paper and pencil, or moving him to a facility that allows such resources, so that he can write down his thoughts as she prepares his defense.
"At this time, my client has been kept at the Chester County Jail in isolation, he has not been allowed to even have a pencil or paper in the jail, he is not allowed to make any telephone calls except for one call to me on a maybe weekly or biweekly basis, but in turns of him reviewing them, he has an absolute right to review the evidence against him in the discovery. And I just believe it's going to be very difficult if the discovery comes in by computer," said Thompson.
She suggested Adams be moved to a different facility that would be better equipped to allow him to review the evidence being used in the case.
The judge agreed with the prosecution that those discussions will be taken up on June 4, when Adams is due back in court.
Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, who are longtime friends, are both charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and first-degree felony murder. Adams faces the additional charge of coercion of a witness, for which he was arraigned Wednesday.
The courtroom was too small for all of Holly Bobo's friends and supporters to be inside. Many stood outside waiting to hear what happened.
"I don't see how one or two people can carry out such a heinous act and three years later, we still have questions," said Rickey Alexander, who is a friend of the Bobo family.
Another family friend, Martha Cannon, was able to be inside for the arraignments.
"I felt for Zach, felt for Jason, all of them," she said. "It's just a terrible thing. I think in having justice for Holly, that these boys also need a fair trial."
Bobo was 20 years old when she disappeared outside her Darden, Tenn., home on April 13, 2011. Her brother saw her being led away from the home between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. by a man wearing camouflage.
To read more about her disappearance, click here.