The TBI has suspended its investigation into the Holly Bobo case at the request of District Attorney Matt Stowe, and has also severed ties with the 24th District.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn says in a meeting last week with District Attorney Stowe, the District Attorney made allegations of misconduct by TBI and other law enforcement agencies, both local and federal.
Gwyn also said that Stowe repeatedly stated he wanted the TBI to suspend all activities in his district.
Gwyn says that Stowe’s requests were clear and that other people were in the meeting and heard the requests.
According to Gwyn, investigative records and evidence in the Bobo case have already been turned over to the District Attorney General’s office for his further investigation, review, and prosecution.
Gwyn says that until further notice, TBI personnel will no longer offer comment or information about the Bobo case or any other case originating in the 24th Judicial District.
As a result of Stowe’s request, TBI Agents will no longer investigate new cases in the 24th District. Local law enforcement agencies will be responsible for investigating the incidents in their jurisdictions, and will also be responsible for securing and funding forensic analysis for all future cases.
In a letter to Stowe Wednesday, Director Gwyn proposed a meeting, to be facilitated by the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, to discuss TBI’s role in the 24th Judicial District.