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Potter found guilty in Facebook murders

October 11th, 2013 11:32 pm by John Thompson, NET News Service

Potter found guilty in Facebook murders

Friends and family react after the Facebook trial in Jonesborough Friday. (Lee Talbert/Johnson City Press)

JONESBOROUGH — A Washington County jury found Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter Jr. guilty Friday of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Billy Payne, 36 and Billie Jean Hayworth. 23. 

Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sentenced Potter to two life sentences. He said the life sentences are in compliance with state law and it will be determined whether they will run consecutively or concurrently during a hearing in Mountain City on Oct. 29.

Payne and Hayworth were murdered at their residence at 128 James Davis Lane in Mountain City on Jan. 31, 2012. Both were shot in the head and Payne had his throat cut. Hayworth was shot while holding her 6-month-old son. The baby was uninjured but left in its dead mother’s arms.

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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