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Tennessee fugitive, wife charged with murder

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  • Murder charges filed against fugitive Adam Mayes and his wife
  • Jo Ann Bain and daughter found dead at Mayes' home; two other daughters still missing
  • Authorities believe girls are still alive and with Mayes
Tennessee fugitive, wife charged with murder

Adam Mayes, wanted for the kidnapping of a Tennessee woman and her three daughters, is now facing two counts of murder in the case, and so is his wife, who authorities say was present during the crime and helped transport the victims.

According to court documents filed Wednesday, Teresa Mayes told authorities that her husband killed Jo Ann Bain in the garage of Bain’s Whiteville, Tennessee, home, and he also killed 14-year-old Adrienne Bain at that location. She allegedly said that he intended to kidnap 12-year-old Alexandria and eight-year-old Kyliyah Bain.

Jo Ann’s husband Gary Bain reported her and their daughters missing on April 27, saying they were gone when he woke up that morning. Adam Mayes, a longtime family friend and Gary’s ex-brother-in-law, was identified as the last person to see them.

Teresa Mayes allegedly admitted to agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that she was involved in the removal of the two corpses and that she drove Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain from Tennessee to Union County, Mississippi, where she and Mayes lived.

Adam and Teresa Mayes are both charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. Adam is also charged with false reporting for allegedly lying to authorities when he was first interviewed about the case. Court documents say he fled when the TBI attempted to contact him for another interview.

The bodies of Jo Ann and Adrienne Bain were discovered on May 4 in shallow graves on the Guntown property where Mayes’ family was living. Investigators have not released information on how they were killed, but court documents say he was seen digging in the backyard on April 27.

FBI special agent Joel Siskovic told HLN Wednesday that authorities believe the other two girls are still alive and with Mayes. Siskovic said the search for Mayes is still focused on the Mississippi area, but investigators are aware of his connections in other states.

Mayes’ mother Mary was also arrested earlier this week on four counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping in connection with the case. She and Teresa Mayes remain in custody at Hardeman County Jail.

Shana Johnson, the attorney appointed to represent Teresa Mayes, said her client has cooperated with authorities, but she declined to comment on the specifics of the case. She told HLN she is seeking a mental health evaluation for Teresa, who was married to Adam Mayes for 11 years.

On Tuesday, the TBI released surveillance video showing Adam Mayes in a Guntown convenience store on April 30. He was last seen in the area on May 1.

A store clerk told WMC-TV that Mayes seemed calm and polite when he came into the store and even commented on the fact that he had cut his hair. Authorities have said he may have also changed the girls’ appearance.

CNN reported that the FBI is expected to announce Wednesday that Adam Mayes has been added to the agency’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. The total reward for information leading to his capture and the recovery of the girls is now up to $175,000.

For the latest news on the case, watch Nancy Grace Wednesday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on HLN.

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