By Sheena Barnett and Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – The final autopsy report on accused kidnapper and killer Adam Mayes said he committed suicide after being discovered by authorities on May 10, said Union County Coroner Mark Golding.
A self-inflicted 9-mm gunshot wound to the right temple is what killed Mayes, said Golding, who received the completed report over the weekend.
The approximately 20-page report also included results from a toxicology test, which revealed no signs of drugs or alcohol in Mayes’ system, Golding said.
He praised the quick work of the state medical examiner’s office, saying it typically takes two or three months for a full autopsy.
“In this case, with a law-enforcement case, any time any kind of law enforcement is involved, the state law requires you to have an autopsy,” he said. “We know we’ll have a court case possibly with this with the wife and the mother.”
Teresa Mayes and Mary Mayes are scheduled for arraignment today in the Hardeman County, Tenn., General Sessions Court.
Mary Mayes is charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping. Teresa Mayes is charged with two counts of first degree under and two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.
Adam Mayes was accused of killing JoAnn Bain, 31, and her oldest daughter, Adrienne, 14, and burying the two in his Alpine backyard. He also allegedly kidnapped JoAnn Bain’s two daughters, Alexandria, 12, and Kyliyah, 8, and hid with them in the woods for days.
Mayes’ body was sent to Jackson for autopsy, and it will remain there until Mayes’ family claims it, he said. So far, no one has stepped forward to claim his body or make arrangements.