MOUNTAIN CITY — Although two men, Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd, have been arraigned on two counts each of first-degree murder, the investigation is continuing into the Jan. 31 murders of Billy Clay Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth.
Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said one area where the investigation is continuing is with Potter’s daughter, Janelle Potter.
Investigators believe the motive for the killings comes from a dispute between Janelle Potter and the murdered couple. The dispute culminated with Payne and Hayworth taking Potter off their friends’ list on Facebook.
Reece said his department has reviewed some of Potter’s Facebook conversations. He said Scott Lott of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is completing the paperwork for a search warrant to obtain all of Potter’s Facebook account records.
“There is a lot of paperwork,” Reece said of the procedures to obtain the records.
Reece talked to 1st Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark on Friday about the case.
Following their arraignments and bond hearings, both Marvin Potter and Curd remain in the Johnson County Jail. Bonds for the two men were set at $1.5 million by Sessions Court Judge William Hawkins.
Feelings about the murders remain strong in the small community and Reece said, “I think that is the best place for them right now.”
The investigators believe Potter and Curd came to the couple’s residence at 128 James Davis Lane after 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 31. Potter is accused of shooting both Payne and Hayworth in the head while Curd assisted. Payne’s throat was also cut.
The couple’s infant son was not injured in the attack.
One thing the investigation has not uncovered is the gun and the knife used in the murders.
“They have never been located,” Reece said “I would say they have been destroyed.”