MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - They're the women behind the man accused in a murder-kidnapping, and they've been arraigned in Bolivar, TN.
For the first time on Thursday the indictments of Teresa and Mary Mayes were unsealed and the potential witness list revealed. Adam Mayes' widow, Teresa, is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping. Mayes' mother, Mary, is charged with two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.
Investigators say the women helped Mayes kidnap Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain in April 2012. Teresa is also charged in the murders of their mother, Jo Ann, and their 14-year-old sister, Adrienne. According to law enforcement, Adam Mayes killed himself in front of the girls in the woods in North Mississippi in May 2012 after a massive manhunt to find the abducted sisters.
The Mayes didn't have any family in court Thursday but the Bains did; all they want is one thing, Jo Ann Bain's cousin, Beverly Goodman says, "Just justice."
Goodman left the Hardeman County courthouse shaken, after coming face to face with the women accused of changing her family's lives forever, "It is very hard," she says.
65-year-old Mary Mayes doesn't look much different than the last time we saw her. Her hair is a little longer with a little more gray, still seemingly confused on how to handle herself in court. Mayes' widow, Teresa, is facing much more serious charges, she timidly entered the court.
According to the indictment Teresa helped her husband not only kidnap the two girls, but kill their mother and sister in the garage of the Bain family home in Whiteville, TN. A conviction could lead to the death penalty.
Along with the indictments came an extensive list of potential witnesses, 173 people, including members of the Mayes family and Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain.
The women were assigned public defenders. Goodman hopes this is the beginning of the justice her entire family is searching for. Both women are set for trial May 16th.