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DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (FOX13) - "We're still seeking justice for Holly," said Karen Bobo, Holly's mother, "I'm asking the public not to be sidetracked by the lawyers' circus and sideshow; that's not what this is about."

Holly's mother broke her silence after Jason Autry, a suspect in her daughter's 2011 kidnapping and alleged murder, appeared in court Wednesday.

"It's not a circus we invited to town," said Fletcher Long, one of Autry's three attorneys. "It was a circus side show before we ever appeared."

A number of motions were discussed during Autry's initial court appearance with counsel, including a gag order request filed by the State and District Attorney General after a Nashville media outlet used "deception," as the attorneys general described, to get an interview.

A Decatur County judge denied the gag order motion, saying, "In 26 years I have never granted one, I've never felt the need to grant one. And I'm not saying I will not grant one.” 

The State replying, "The defendant dropped some paper on the ground this morning on the way into court saying it's for the news to pick up. I think there's a lot more issues here than the court is aware of.”

Another motion debated regarded the hundreds of thousands of evidence and discovery papers the State said it has in the case. Ultimately the judge laid down the law: The State has 90 days to provide Autry and Zachary Adams' discovery simultaneously.

Autry's attorneys also filed a motion requesting more access to their client while incarcerated.

“He can't pass us papers, we can't meet with him face to face, we cannot hear him and he's required to yell all the while with other inmates and prison personnel within earshot,” says Long. The State requesting the detention center's protocols. The judge telling both sides a compromise needs to be reached.

Holly's mother told FOX 13 it seems some people may have forgotten the why and how we got to where we are now.

“Evidentially it's been their plan: Let’s get the focus off justice for Holly and on the circus and side show, and that's why I'm asking people to get back to what this is really about and that is justice for Holly,” said Karen, “I'm asking people not to forget what this is about and that is justice for my daughter who was taken from our home April 13, 2011. That's not changed.”

She has been at every court appearance and hearing, adding that will not change either.

"Our presence is for Holly, our voice is for Holly and my daughter deserves that," said Karen, "We'll be here all the way."

Follow FOX 13’s Sarah Bleau on Twitter (@SarahBleauFOX13) and on Facebook (Sarah Bleau FOX13 Memphis) for updates.

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UPDATE FROM COURTHOUSE:


1:12pm: State: After Autry dropped note to media coming into court, "there are more issues than court is aware of."

1:09pm: Judge said he is NOT granting gag order at this time. Not saying he will later.

1:06pm: Judge says they're giving State 90 days to get evidence in order to lawyers; understands DNA evidence has been causing difficulty.
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Autry, indicted for murder and kidnapping in the Holly Bobo case, will be in court with his attorney this afternoon for an initial counsel appearance as well as for a number of motions.

MORE: Motion for gag order in Holly Bobo case
DOWNLOAD: Read the gag order

One of his three attorneys, John Herbison, said they will request to see Autry in person while he is detained; currently Herbison said they have 30 minutes a day with him through video conference. A motion to narrow down the discovery that will be used in Autry’s case; Herbison said currently the evidence and discovery is of a “broad range.”

The attorneys are also requesting details of what facts were used to indict Autry.  Herbison said the indictment and charges came at surprisese to Autry, adding, “Our client is bewildered.”

Last night, FOX 13 first reported a motion for a gag order was filed by the State in Autry’s case, requesting witnesses, lawyers and other involved parties in Autry’s case not make public comments about the case, specifically siting the media.

Follow FOX 13’s Sarah Bleau on Twitter (@SarahBleauFOX13) and on Facebook (Sarah Bleau FOX13 Memphis) for updates throughout the day.

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