Controversy surrounding the cover of a soon-to-be-published true crime book written by the case’s prosecutor may be resolved, but the victim’s mother still says she was betrayed by author, Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brooks.
The disagreement involved Brooks and Beverly Garland, whose son Billy Payne was killed along with his girlfriend nearly three years ago in a twisted plot that evolved from catfishing, jealousy and revenge. Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth were killed in their Mountain City home by Marvin Potter and Jamie Curd after months of allegations from Potter’s daughter, Jenelle Potter, and his wife, Barbara Potter, who claimed Payne and Hayworth were out to get Jenelle.
Brooks, the lead prosecutor in the case, successfully obtained guilty verdicts for the Potters and a guilty plea from Curd. All three Potters are serving two life sentences each for the murders while Curd has a 25-year sentence for pleading to facilitation to second-degree murder. He was able to get a reduced plea and sentence in exchange for his testimony against the Potter women.
Garland said she was aware Brooks was working on a book — titled “Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee” — after the Potter women were convicted in May, but was only recently alerted to the book cover, which initially included a photograph of Payne’s gravestone.
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