Murdered mother's friend speaks out to squash rumors - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Murdered mother's friend speaks out to squash rumors

Posted: Updated:
Jo Ann Bain Jo Ann Bain
Adam Mayes Adam Mayes
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Boonville man lets buyer keep his stolen car

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:58:17 GMT
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
    A Boonville resident had his car stolen recently and when he learned where the vehicle ended up, he didn't want it back.
  • Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Original victim files suit against OBGYN

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:00:19 GMT
    PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould OB/GYN accused of taking nude photos of some of his patients had his first court appearance Thursday. He was arrested Wednesday night at a Newport hotel. Dr. Paul
    The patient that brought all of this to the forefront has now filed civil suit against the doctor and explained in detail what Becton allegedly did to her during that exam that she said led up to him taking nude photos of her.
  • Fire burns vacant home in SW Jonesboro

    Fire burns vacant home in SW Jonesboro

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:34:25 GMT
    JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A portion of Southwest Drive is closed this morning as crews are work on a house fire. According to Jonesboro dispatch the home is vacant. Southwest Drive has been closed from
    Southwest Drive was closed during the morning rush Friday after crews battled a house fire.

(WMC-TV) – A friend of Jo Ann Bain is frustrated by all of the speculation surrounding the case. She spoke with Action News 5 to defend her friend's character and shed new insight into the connection between the mother, and her accused murderer.

At a baby shower in 1997, 17-year-old Jo Ann Bain was celebrating the upcoming birth of her first born daughter, Adrienne.

"She was ecstatic, she was super happy to be having a little girl," said Becky Bryant, Jo Ann's close friend.

Bryant says Bain had daughters Adrienne and Alexandria with her high school sweetheart from Bolivar Central High. After the two divorced, Bain remarried and had her third daughter, Kyliyah.

"She was a joy to be around, she never met a stranger, she was happy," Bryant explained.

She said the Bains moved from Whiteville to Arizona, but in 2009 they relocated to Missisippi in order to take care of Jo Ann Bain's mother-in-law.

Bryant believes that is when Bain met Adam Mayes, the man accused of killing her and her 14-year-old daughter. He is also accused of kidnapping her two youngest daughters. Bryant resents speculation that Mayes and Bain were anything more than friends.

"I don't want my friend's reputation smeared because people want to talk," said Bryant.

As she monitors news reports for word of Adam Mayes' arrest and the safe return of Alexandria and Kyliyah Bain, she is frustrated by the rumor mill.

"Right now that doesn't matter, what matters is bringing the girls home and that's what I want the public to focus on. Please, stop the rumors stop the speculation," Bryant urged.

Bryant was texting with Jo Ann on April 26, the day before she disappeared. She was excited about returning to Arizona.

Now friends are preparing for two funerals and praying for two little girls to come home.

Bryant said she does not have hatred toward Adam Mayes, but she is praying for him and hoping that if he does not intend to turn himself in, that he will let the girls go and let someone know where they are.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

RELATED ITEMS

Updated:

Read police affidavit for Mary Francis Mayes Read police affidavit for Teresa Mayes

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.