Mother, daughter serve 2 life sentences in Tenn. Facebook murders


MOUNTAIN CITY (WJHL) – A Washington County judge formerly sentenced two women convicted of first degree murder in the shootings deaths of a Johnson County couple after a Facebook “de-friend”.

Barbara and Jenelle Potter were sentenced to serve two life sentences concurrently in the 2012 shooting deaths of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth.

Back in May, a jury convicted the mother and daughter of two counts each of first-degree murder.

Tuesday morning, the state asked a family member of one of the victims what would be an appropriate sentences for the women. She answered: Death.

A third suspect in the case, also admitted his role in the crime Tuesday. Jamie Curd pleaded guilty to two counts of facilitation to commit first degree murder.

A judge sentenced him to 25 years at the minimum. Curd must serve 30% of the sentence. Previously, Curd made a plea deal with the state and testified for the prosecution.

Back in May a jury convicted Barbara and Jenelle Potter of two counts each of first degree murder.

Marvin Potter, a fourth defendant in the case, was found guilty of the murders in October 2013. He is also serving two consecutive life sentences.

Marvin Potter is Barbara Potter’s husband and Janelle Potter’s dad.

The bodies of Payne and Hayworth were found in their Mountain City home on January 31, 2013. The four defendants are accused of conspiring to murder Payne and Hayworth at their Johnson County home in front of the couple’s six month-old child, after the couple had “de-friended” Janelle Potter on Facebook, according to prosecutors.

News Channel 11 will have more of what happened in court and reaction from family of the victims beginning on the news at 5:00 p.m.

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