MOUNTAIN CITY — Sheriff Mike Reece said the investigation into the murders of Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth is continuing. The sheriff said his investigators and agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted their first interview with Janelle Potter on Thursday.
Potter is the daughter of Marvin Potter Jr., 60, who is accused of shooting both Payne and Hayworth in their residence on Jan. 31. Investigators believe Mr. Potter committed the crimes in retaliation after the couple removed Miss Potter from their friends list on the popular Internet social networking site Facebook. Mr. Potter is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Investigators say Potter was accompanied during the double homicide by Jamie Curd, 38, who is said to be Miss Potter’s ex-boyfriend. Curd is also the second cousin of Payne. Curd is also charged with two counts of first-degree murder. In the arrest warrant, TBI Special Agent Scott Lott said Curd “aided in the commission of the homicides.”
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