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Story published: 02-27-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Johnson County Criminal Court update

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. The couple was found dead in their homes on January 31, 2012. Potter and Curd were charged with entering the home of Payne and Hayworth after Potter received a complaint from his daughter, accusing the couple of harassing and unfriending her on Facebook. Both men were indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Curd appeared in Johnson County Criminal Court on February 19, 2013 on a motion to ask Judge Blackwood to sever his case from Marvin Potter, Jr. At that time, no official action could be conducted as no court reporter was present. Both men are due to appear again in court on Thursday, February 28, 2012.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department arrested Tonya Burton on March 29, 2012. She was charged with theft over $1,000 as well as eight counts of forgery. After unauthorized checking activity was reported by the law firm of Grayson, Wright and McEwen, the sheriff’s department began an investigation. Burton was found guilty and is due in court on March 7th for sentencing.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 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, as well as nine counts of improper influence of Grand Jurors. After Mayor Potter reported the missing funds, the TBI opened an investigation in April of 2011 at the request of the First Judicial District Attorney General’s office. After an audit was conducted by Tennessee’s Comptroller’s office, Keene was arrested and booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond. His trial date is set for April 1, 2013.