Mountain City “Facebook Murder” case featured on ABC’s “20/20”

MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) The so-called “Facebook murder case” involving a Johnson County, Tennessee couple  got national attention Friday night.

ABC’s “20/20” focused on the murders of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth.

In July, a judge sentenced Barbara Potter and her daughter Jenelle Potter to two concurrent life sentences for the killings of the couple.

Investigators said the crime happened after the couple de-friended Jenelle Potter on Facebook.

On "20/20", both Barbara and Jenelle Potter maintained their innocence in the murders.
On “20/20”, both Barbara and Jenelle Potter maintained their innocence in the murders.

After the story aired on network television, Barbara Potter issued a statement through her attorney.

She maintained her innocence and blamed Jamie Lynn Curd, a Johnson County man who pleaded guilty to facilitating the murders.

“The State has botched their investigation of this case from the very first,” Barbara Potter said. “Whatever else the “20/20″ program might have stated, we have once again established beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jamie Lynn Curd is most certainly a master manipulator of the first degree.”

Potter revealed she agreed to a request by “20/20” to submit to a polygraph test. But she says she was transported to a state prison and out of Mountain City before she had the chance to take the test.

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