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Story published: 09-24-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Barbara Potter arrested for tampering with evidence in 'Facebook murders' investigation

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Johnson County woman after she was indicted last week for tampering with evidence during a double murder investigation where her husband was one of the subjects being investigated in February of 2012.

Barbara Mae Potter, 62, of 727 Hospital Road, Mountain City. Tenn. was indicted on September 20, 2012 on one count of tampering with evidence. The 1st Judicial District Attorney General’s Office requested TBI investigate Potter after authorities witnessed her intentionally attempting to destroy computer printed photographs of one of the murder victims during a search warrant of her and her husband’s, Marvin “Buddy” Potter, Jr.’s, home after he had been arrested and charged with first degree murder the previous evening. One of the officers assisting in the search being conducted on February 7, 2012, observed Barbara Potter committing this act and stopped her from further destroying the photographs which were considered evidence in the murder case.

In February, Marvin “Buddy” Potter, Jr., 60, and Jamie Lynn Curd, 38, were both charged with two counts of first degree after 36-year-old Billy Payne and 23-year-old Billie Jean Hayworth were found shot to death in their home located at 128 James Davis Lane, Mountain City, the previous week. The couple’s eight-month-old baby was found in Hayworth’s arms when the bodies were discovered, but was not injured. The investigation and evidence revealed that Curd and Potter entered the residence and shot Payne in the head in the bedroom and Hayworth in the head in another bedroom used as the baby’s room.

The TBI and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office investigated both the murder case and the tampering with evidence case against Barbara Potter. She was arrested Monday morning without incident and booked into the Johnson County Jail on $50,000 bond.