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Story published: 08-30-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Barbara Potter is returned to Johnson County Jail

By, Lacy Hilliard

Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

Barbara Potter, one of the women charged in the ‘Facebook Murders’ that left a young couple dead in their home, has been returned to Johnson County.

Upon arrest, Barbara Potter was transported to the Washington County Jail in order to keep her separated from her daughter, Janelle Potter and her husband, Marvin Potter, Jr. who are also awaiting trial for their alleged involvement in the same crime and are currently being held in Johnson County.

Barbara Potter’s move was inspired by a series of events that began last week when she was transported to Johnson City Medical Center in order to receive treatment for hypertension. The end of her three-day stay at Johnson City Medical Center was met with a refusal by Washington County authorities to readmit her to the Washington County Jail. The reasoning was disinterest in caring for Potter’s heightened medical needs and though Johnson County is responsible for Potter’s medical expenses whether or not they’re incurred at the Johnson County facility, Washington County remains uninterested in hosting Barbara Potter.

Before Barbara Potter was readmitted to the Johnson County facility, Sheriff Mike Reece spoke extensively with the District Attorney as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to determine whether or not housing Barbara Potter in the same facility as her daughter may pose a conflict of interest throughout their trial. However, both the DA and the TBI expressed no concerns and Barbara Potter was returned to the Johnson County jail late Wednesday evening, August 28. Because the Johnson County facility has only one ‘pod’ designated to female inmates, Barbara and Janelle are currently being housed together. However, the pair have no contact with Marvin Potter, Jr.

Jamie Lynn Curd, Janelle Potter’s former boyfriend and the fourth person charged in the Facebook Murders, is still being held at the Unicoi County jail.

The Tomahawk will continue to update our readers on this case as it develops.