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Mayes women indictments revealed

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Mary Mayes in Hardeman County Court, Jan. 10, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News) Mary Mayes in Hardeman County Court, Jan. 10, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News)
Teresa Mayes in Hardeman County Court, Jan. 10, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News) Teresa Mayes in Hardeman County Court, Jan. 10, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News)
BOLIVAR, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The widow and mother of a Mississippi man accused in a Tennessee murder-kidnapping have been arraigned in Bolivar.

Indictments were unsealed Thursday afternoon, charging Teresa Mayes, the wife of Adam Mayes, with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

Mary Frances Mayes, Adam's mother, was indicted on two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

Hardeman County Circuit Court Judge Weber McGraw quickly arraigned Mary and Teresa for the kidnapping of Alex and Kyliyah Bain.

Police said Adam Mayes killed Joe Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter in April 2012 before abducting Bain's two younger daughters. They also say his mother and wife helped him commit the crimes.

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An intense search for the children ended May 10, 2012, when investigators caught up with Adam Mayes' near Guntown, Miss. He fatally shot himself in the north Mississippi woods and police were able to rescue the two girls he had abducted.

During the brief arraignment, Mary Mayes was appointed a new attorney. FOX13 News has learned Mary's previous attorney, Terry Dycus of Fayette County, recently was placed under suspension after admitting he violated rules of professional conduct by engaging  in sexual conversations with two criminal defendants.

According to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, Dycus did not have permission to speak with either defendant but held inappropriate conversations with them anyway.

Dycus entered a conditional guilty plea admitting he violated the rules of professional conduct. 

"I'm going to ask Ms. Melissa Williams to represent you," Judge McGraw said to Mary Mayes.

Williams has worked with Dycus in the past.

Dycus is suspended from practicing law for one year, most of which will be served on probation.

The case is set for trial on May 16. While Alex and Kyliyah Bain are listed among the 173 witnesses, Beverly, the victim's family member, said it's unlikely they'll testify.

"They're just kids, you know?," Goodman said. "Be a little too much for them I think."

According to previous statements from Teresa, her late husband Adam plotted the killings because he was in love with 12-year-old Alex Bain. Adam avoided the consequences of his actions by killing himself when police tracked him down in May 2012.

Mayes' wife, mother and the Bain family are left to deal with the mess he left behind.

"It's always going to be a problem," Goodman said. "They won't never get over this but they're doing fine, as well as can be expected I guess."

Mary and Teresa Mayes is due back in Hardeman County Circuit Court April 5.
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