Wife of fugitive suspect in Tennessee kidnappings charged with first degree murder
Authorities arrested Teresa Ann Mayes on Tuesday.
May 9th, 2012
12:36 PM ET

Wife of fugitive suspect in Tennessee kidnappings charged with first degree murder

Adam Mayes, who remains at large, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, and false report, police documents show. His wife, Teresa Ann Mayes, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, said her lawyer, Shana Johnson. Additional kidnapping charges against her were dismissed.

The FBI on Wednesday will announce that Adam Mayes is being added to the agency's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Authorities continued their search Wednesday for Mayes, who is suspected of kidnapping Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters in Tennessee.

The reward leading to Mayes' capture is now up to $175,000, including a combination of state and federal agency reward money.

Mayes, 35, is believed to be armed and dangerous with Bain's two youngest daughters, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8. Bain and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, 14, were found dead in a home linked to Mayes in Guntown, Mississippi.

The case has drawn at least 17 law enforcement agencies and hundreds of investigators, but an FBI special agent had no updates Wednesday morning.

Teresa Mayes' lawyer, Shana Johnson, told CNN that her client is cooperating with police but would not say whether she knows the whereabouts of Adam Mayes or the girls.

The Mayes family and the Bain family are connected through Adam Mayes' sister Pamela, who used to be married to Jo Ann's husband Gary Bain, the lawyer said.  Adam and Teresa Mayes were married for 11 years and lived in Guntown, she said.

Johnson said she has asked for a mental health evaluation of her client.

According to an arrest warrant, Teresa Mayes admitted driving Jo Ann Bain and her three daughters from Hardeman County to Union County, Mississippi. Bain and her daughter Adrienne suffered "serious bodily injury as a result of their removal or confinement," according to the warrant.

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soundoff (24 Responses)

    He just needs a hug

    May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kill her

    May 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Pete

    Maybe he's not missing at all,I'd x ray her stomach,perhaps she ate him,she does look hungry that way,doesn't she !!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. grizgirl

    I disagree with Kirk/Jackson. It is easy to say kill her but unless you have been involved in any death row case, you might want to want to reconsider. It does not bring closure. It leaves more questions than answers.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
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