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Continuance issued in case of Holly Bobo suspect

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One of the men facing charges in connection with the murder of Holly Bobo was expected to appear in court on Monday.

But in one of the most high-profile cases in Tennessee, there was confusion in the courtroom.

It seemed both sides were unprepared for Mark Pearcy's hearing Monday in a Decatur County courtroom.

Mark Pearcy and his brother Jeff face charges of accessory after the fact in connection with Bobo's disappearance and murder.

The TBI believes the brothers are hiding a video that shows Bobo being attacked after she disappeared.

In court on Monday, officials said Mark Pearcy was in federal custody in Jackson.

The Bobo family, friends and supporters, as well as the Pearcy family, all left the courtroom angry because Mark Pearcy was a no-show.

The Bobo family Monday designated newly elected Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd to be their spokesperson. Decatur County will also soon have a new district attorney, Matt Stowe. The Bobos hope new officials will mean more organization for the case.

Both Byrd and Stowe vowed to make the Bobo case a top priority. Byrd said he had a plan in place to find her body.

"I've contacted some folks I intend to use in order to do that," Byrd said. "I plan on meeting with the TBI and finding out if there are additional places we need to look and go to those places and look."

The judge threatened to hold attorneys in contempt of court if something like this ever happens again. Stowe promised that now that he's taking office, it won't.

"I've seen what happened and I know how to fix it," Stowe said. "So you will not see another day in court like you saw today."

The court hearing for Mark Pearcy has been continued until Sept. 22.

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