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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  1. KenC

    Once again, spelling errors in a CNN article. How do I get a job like this, that probably pays $80,000/year or more!??

    May 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      these posts regarding spelling and grammar errors are so boring. please go away.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Someone who Knows

    Teresa Mayes admitted to watching Adam Mayes kill both Jo Ann and her daughter in the family's garage that night and then drive the bodies and the two little girls to MS. The plan all along was to kidnap the little girls and kill Jo Ann and Adrienne

    May 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Why did they want to kidnap the little girls?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      How do you know all this? What is their purpose?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rose

    @KenC...and that's all you can say about this article?

    May 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      What else is there to say that's not banal?

      May 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. eric

    Drag 'em out behind the shed and put a bullet in their heads.. sick people.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AJ

    @KenC. REALLY! That is what you took from this article!? How about some compassion for this family! Get a life.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lord Apathy

    I'm all for justice and civil rights but I wouldn't shed a tear if these people where just quietly beaten to death in jail.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rae Ann Pointer

    What with all the spelling errors CNN? Why can't you put out a good product?

    May 9, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PumpNDump

    Kill them all, let their imaginary god sort them out.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    This horrible crime has Crystal Meth written all over it. Just wait and see.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yup

    I hope they put a bullet right between his eyes

    May 9, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      nah do the same thing they did to their victims.

      May 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mz_mellymel

    wow, how sad... I hope and pray they find the little girls alive and unharmed...Will be keeping them in my prayers!

    May 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. melissa

    I am with ann! What is the motive behind this brutality? They mentioned that the families r tied together by marriage but no mention of ugly custody disputes or money. Unless it was mentioned earlier on in the investigation and I just didnt catch the article....if so then will some on please fill me in?

    May 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dbw

    inbreeding should be a crime

    May 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. werewolf1

    She looks like another naive girl who thought she was in love.She would dead now also if she refused her piece of crap husband. She will be left holding the bag,because her Coward Husband will shoot himself in the head.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PEDO BEAR

    Let me guess...
    Someone stole her sweet roll!

    May 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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