WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – One man convicted for his role in a double murder in Johnson County was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences this morning, in what the judge said was the most bizarre case he has ever heard.
Marvin Potter was convicted in a Washington County court earlier this month for his role in the killings of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth in January 2012.
In the murder, a sole witness was left behind — the six-month-old child of the murdered parents. The infant was found in Hayworth’s arms. The parents were found shot to death. Payne’s throat had also been cut.
Potter was sentenced in mountain city this morning.
In passing the sentence, judge Jon Kerry Blackwood said he could not think of anyone who would “shoot a mother while holding her child.”
Three other people — Barbara Potter, Janelle Potter and Jamie Curd —- also accused in the case appeared in court in Mountain City this morning and learned they will be tried together. A trial date was set for May 12 in Washington County.
What triggered the deadly crime? Investigators say one of the suspects got angry after they were allegedly “unfriended” by one of the victims on Facebook.