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Josh Duggar Trial: Defense Wants Witness Bobye Holt’s Testimony Prohibited

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Josh Duggar’s trial in his child pornography case begins Tuesday, November 30. Ahead of his trial, on Monday, there was an evidentiary hearing. During this hearing, two witnesses, Jim Bob Duggar and Bobye Holt testified against Josh.

Jim Bob and Bobye were both asked about Josh’s molestation scandal. For those who don’t remember, it was revealed in 2015 that Josh had molested four of his sisters, as well as one other young woman. This information may be used in his child pornography trial. It could prove that Josh’s motive behind his alleged actions.

In his testimony, Jim Bob claims he doesn’t “remember” the details of Josh’s confession. He discloses very little information. However, Bobye seems to remember a lot about it all. So, she provides a more thorough explanation.

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Bobye Holt testifies in the evidentiary hearing.

As we reported, Bobye, a friend of the Duggars, testified and gave additional information about Josh’s molestation scandal. Jim Holt is an elder at the family’s church, and Bobye is his wife. They are familiar with the Duggars and have been friends for years.

In her testimony, Bobye reveals details of Josh’s confession. She shares how she and her husband learned of Josh’s actions. At the time, they went to Jim Bob and Michelle’s home to discuss what had happened. Bobye retold Josh’s confession, saying, “[Josh] explained that Jane Doe four was sitting on his lap during Bible time and he touched her inappropriately. He said it happened that day. On that date, he told us that he touched her vaginal area.”

Josh Duggar’s legal team wants to prohibit the testimony.

On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Josh’s team has filed a document to prohibit Bobye’s testimony. They are arguing that Josh’s confession to the Holts falls under “clergy privilege.”

The court documents read:

“The testimony adduced by the parties at the evidentiary hearing reveals that any statements made to Bobye Holt and/or Jim Holt by Duggar or Jim Bob Duggar were made to them in their capacity as spiritual advisors with the expectation that the communications would be kept confidential.”

The document also reads, “As such, any such statements are shielded from disclosure by the clergy privilege and, therefore, Duggar respectfully requests that this Court prohibit the Government from eliciting any further testimony from Bobye concerning these purported conversations.”

At this point, we don’t know whether the request will go through.

So, does it shock you that the defense is trying to prohibit Bobye Holt’s testimony? What do you expect to happen next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Aubrey Chorpenning

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