Adam Mayes and his ex-wife have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of a Tennessee woman and her eldest daughter. Two other children remain missing and are believed to be with Mayes, a fugitive being sought in at least two Southern states.
Tennessee investigators announced the latest round of charges on Wednesday even as authorities stepped up their search for Mayes, 35, who was seen in a video visiting a convenience store in Union County, Miss., near where he lived with his ex-wife, Teresa, and mother, Mary. Both women are in jail in Hardeman County, Tenn., about 80 miles from their Mississippi home.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Adam and Teresa Mayes have each been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of four members of the Bain family in Hardeman County. Adam Mayes has been described by authorities as a friend of the Bain family.
Adam Mayes was at the Bain family home on April 27 when the missing family was last seen. Authorities say that Adam Mayes killed the mother, Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her eldest daughter, Adrienne, 14, at their Tennessee home. Then, with the help of Teresa Mayes, Adam Mayes transported the bodies to Mississippi; the corpses were found there last week in a shallow grave behind the home of Mary Mayes.