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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Accused Killer Told Police, Despite Feud, She Never Wished the Victims' Harm
Evidence is mounting at the "Facebook" double murder trial in Jonesborough. The jury heard recordings of police questioning suspects after the bodies of Bill Payne, and his live in girlfriend, Billie Hayworth, were found shot to death. In one recording, Janelle Potter, along with her mother, Barbara, who are on trial for the two murders, told of a feud between the two families. Janelle said she is so pretty, she attracted disparagement, but she denied she wished the victims' harm. Prosecutors say she and her mother prodded Marvin Potter and Jamie Curd to carry out the killings.

Facebook Murder Trial: Prosecutor Calls Motive "Silly, Manufactured Conflict"
Two men prosecutors say killed a couple in Mountain City were prodded and convinced to do it by the women in their lives...the two on trial now for murder and conspiracy in a case moved to Jonesborough. Barbara Potter and her daughter, Janelle, are accused of conspiracy and murder in the shootings of Bill Payne and his live-in girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth, who was holding the couple's 7 month old son when she died. Prosecutor Dennis Brooks tells the jury the motive was silly, manufactured conflict, much of it documented in emails and on Facebook, stemming from a crush Janelle once had on Bill Payne. He said, “Off the email accounts of these two women, you can gauge how much hate was spilling off the pages of their writings. You'll want to take a shower after you get done reading it.” Marvin Potter, husband to Barbara and father to Janelle, was sent to prison for life for the shootings. Jamie Curd, boyfriend of Janelle, has reached and plea bargain and is among key witnesses against them.

Investigators Said Carter Co. Woman Took $11,000 From Waterworks
The TN Comptroller's Office has formally given details of a former Watauga River/Elizabethton Water Authority employee's theft case. The report said 47-yr-old Lisa Cipy took money from customers who paid in cash between March and September 2014 and changed customer payment logs to conceal the crime. Investigators said she pocketed over $11,000 in those seven months. Cipy resigned her job when the comptroller's office did a surprise count of her cash drawer and came up $100 short. Cipy was indicted in March by a grand jury on a felony theft charge.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Facebook Murder Trial: Prosecutor Calls Motive "Silly, Manufactured Conflict"
Two men prosecutors say killed a couple in Mountain City were prodded and convinced to do it by the women in their lives...the two on trial now for murder and conspiracy in a case moved to Jonesborough. Barbara Potter and her daughter, Janelle, are accused of conspiracy and murder in the shootings of Bill Payne and his live-in girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth, who was holding the couple's 7 month old son when she died. Prosecutor Dennis Brooks tells the jury the motive was silly, manufactured conflict, much of it documented in emails and on Facebook, stemming from a crush Janelle once had on Bill Payne. He said, “Off the email accounts of these two women, you can gauge how much hate was spilling off the pages of their writings. You'll want to take a shower after you get done reading it.” Marvin Potter, husband to Barbara and father to Janelle, was sent to prison for life for the shootings. Jamie Curd, boyfriend of Janelle, has reached and plea bargain and is among key witnesses against them.

Report: TN Comptroller Investigators Said Carter Co. Woman Took $11,000 in Cash From Waterworks
The TN Comptroller's Office has formally given details of a former Watauga River/Elizabethton Water Authority employee's theft case. The report said 47-yr-old Lisa Cipy took money from customers who paid in cash between March and September 2014 and changed customer payment logs to conceal the crime. Investigators said she pocketed over $11,000 in those seven months. Cipy resigned her job when the comptroller's office did a surprise count of her cash drawer and came up $100 short. Cipy was indicted in March by a grand jury on a felony theft charge.

Sullivan County Authorities Warn of a New Scam
Sullivan County authorities say man is calling people in our region claiming to be a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office and trying to scam them out of money. Residents are reporting the man is saying they missed a court date or jury duty and to avoid being arrested, they need to pay him a fee. Officers say if you have a warrant for your arrest, the Sheriff’s Office will not call and arrange a time for you to turn yourself in and will not threaten you with being arrested if you don’t pay a certain amount of money. They also will not call you with the option of paying a fine if you miss a court date or fail to report for jury duty.

"Facebook Murder" Trial Begins Today
Police said the murders of a Johnson County, TN in 2012 were sparked by a social media shun on Facebook. The trial of the three accused in the murder begins this morning in Washington County after a change of venue was granted. A jury selected last week will hear testimony in the case against Barbara Potter and daughter Janelle, who police said were behind the murder of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth because Hayworth defriended Janelle Potter on Facebook. A third suspect, Jamie Curd, has reportedly agreed to a plea bargain and will testify against the Potters.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flatwoods Man Convicted by Lee County Jury for Second-Degree Murder of His Wife
A Lee County will be sentenced this summer after a jury found him guilty in the murder of his wife in April 2011. 48-yr-old Timothy Raymond Carter was convicted for the second-degree murder of his wife Amy at their Flatwoods home. According to court documents, Carter's mother had reported the shooting to police and told officers she committed suicide. Forensic evidence concluded the woman was murdered and Carter was indicted in July 2013. He will be sentenced Aug. 27.

Jury Set for Accused Facebook Killers
A jury is seated now for the murder trial of Janelle Potter, her mother, Barbara and Jamie Lynn Curd for killing two people...killings that stemmed from Facebook interaction. The murder of Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth happened two years ago in Johnson County but the case was moved to Jonesborough and testimony is to start Monday.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jury Set for Accused Facebook Killers
A jury is seated now for the murder trial of Janelle Potter, her mother, Barbara and Jamie Lynn Curd for killing two people...killings that stemmed from Facebook interaction. The murder of Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth happened two years ago in Johnson County but the case was moved to Jonesborough and testimony is to start Monday.

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