Updates on criminal court cases in Johnson CountyThe following information contains the most recent updates to criminal charges that occurred in Johnson County, as well as crimes involving current or previous residents of the county.
Investigators with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested Marsha Odom, an employee of North East Correctional Center Complex, after a probe into an incident involving narcotics. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, this investigation began after a complaint had been filed by a local pharmacy. Odom was arrested on August 23, 2012 after being charged with obtaining narcotics by fraud. She has been released from the Johnson County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond. Odom is scheduled to appear in the Johnson County General Sessions Court on October 24, 2012. According to the sheriff’s department, this investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
Michael Craig Allen of Mountain City was charged with the shooting death of Sandra Lee Moffett on April 22, 2010. Moffett was employed as a correctional officer at nearby Northeast Correctional Complex. She was found with a gunshot wound to her head. Allen first appeared in court on June 9, 2010 and had been charged with first-degree murder. He is due to appear again in court on September 24, 2012 to set a trial date.
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd were both charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. Both men have been charged with going to the home of Payne and Hayworth after a complaint from Potter’s daughter accusing the couple of harassing and unfriending her on the social network, Facebook. Both Payne and Hayworth were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012, victims of gun shot wounds to the head. The couple’s six month-old son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms. Potter and Curd, made their first appearance in Johnson County Criminal Court on Tuesday, August 14th after being indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Both Potter and Curd have until November 9th to file pretrial motions and will also have until February 1st to present any negotiated settlements. The trial is set to begin April 15, 2013. The men appeared separately in court in front of Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood. Potter has retained local attorney, Randy Fallin. Once Potter was removed from the courtroom, Curd was brought in. As of the court date, he had not retained a lawyer. Based on a review of his financial statement by Judge Blackwood, Curd was appointed a public defender, as he could not afford one of his own.
Billy Luther Jones of Johnson County was accused of scamming several people beginning in 2005 by selling land that he did not own. Victims of Jones approached the district attorney’s office with additional claims that Jones had borrowed money he had not paid back. He also owed money for unpaid property rentals. He was first indicted on February 24, 20120. Two days later, the TBI arrested Jones, charging him with five counts of felony theft. Two of the counts were in excess of $60,000, and three counts over $10,000. Jones appeared in criminal court on Friday, April 19 and his case was continued to July 17, 2012. He has a plea deadline of December 11, 2012.
David A. Billings of Mountain City was charged with both vehicular homicide and reckless aggravate assault after a fatal wreck that occurred in Gray, Tennessee. Tanya K. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle was struck by Billings. His last appearance in criminal court was on July 24, 2012 and he is scheduled to appear again on October 9, 2012.
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