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Story published: 12-05-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Criminal court case updates

By Paula Walter

Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd were previously charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. Both Potter and Curd were charged with entering the home of Payne and Hayworth after a complaint from Potter’s daughter, who accused the couple of harassing and unfriending her on Facebook. They had been both shot in the head and were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012. Their infant son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms. Potter and Curd were indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. They appeared in Johnson County Criminal Court on Friday, November 30, 2012. Motions and pleas are scheduled for February 19, 2013. Their trial is set for April 15, 2013.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Tonya Burton on March 29, 2012. She was charged with theft over $1,000 and eight counts of forgery. Sheriff Mike Reece’s office began an investigation after unauthorized checking account activity was reported by the local law firm of Grayson, right and McEwen. Burton is scheduled to appear in court again on December 10, 2012.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation previously arrested Tim Keene, of Laurel Bloomery, on March 29, 2012. He was charged with one count of theft under $500, 24 counts of failure to register motor vehicle titles and nine counts of improper influence of a grand juror. The investigation was opened in April of 2011 at the request of the First Judicial District Attorney General’s office after Mayor Potter reported the missing funds. After an audit performed by Tennessee’s Comptroller’s office, Keene was booked into the Johnson County jail on a $5,000 bond. Keene is scheduled to appear in court for a sentencing hearing on January 8, 2013.