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Criminal court update

The 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.
Michael Craig Allen of Mountain City was charged with the shooting death of Sandra Lee Moffett on April 22, 2010. Employed as a correctional officer at nearby Northeast Correctional Complex, Moffett 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.
Both Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd were charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. Both Payne and Hayworth were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012. Both victims were found shot in the head. Payne’s throat was cut post-mortem. The couple’s six month-old son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms. Both men appeared in court on March 21. A court date has been set for Potter and Curd for their first appearance in criminal court on June 1, 2012.
Amanda Cristin Stout was charged with criminal homicide in the murder of Freddie Burns Hays, whose body was found on October 22, 2009. Stout was arrested and bond was set at $500,000. She remained out on bail. Her last court date to set a trial date was scheduled for April 5, 2012. According to Tony Clark, District Attorney for the 1st Judicial District, the case will not be tried at this time. This decision gives legal representatives the option to try it at another time should enough evidence be available in the future. According to Clark, evidence was reviewed again and he also requested The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) retest data taken from the crime scene. “We did not feel we had enough evidence to go forward,” he said.
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.
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 case has been continued and he is due to appear in criminal court again on July 24, 2012.
Kelly Horne was arrest by the TBI on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 for her alleged role in a case involving stolen monies from the Johnson County Solid Waste Station. She was charged with one count of theft over $10,000, four counts of forgery, four counts of hindering a secured creditor and one count of official misconduct. Horne is a former Johnson County employee. Between September of 2010 and August 2011, she allegedly took more than $40,000. She also allegedly signed the names of individuals on four discharges of lien forms and applied for new titles. Her bond had been set at $15,000. Horne, who did not have an attorney, is due back in court on May 14th with legal representation.
Jennifer Icenhour was charged with theft over $1,000 by embezzlement. She served as the Treasurer for Johnson County Little League in 2010 and 2011. She was arrested on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. Bond was set for $5,000. Icenhour initially appeared in court on April 18. Her case was continued and she is due to appear in criminal court on May 25, 2012.
TBI also arrested Tim and Kevin Keene of Laurel Bloomery on March 29, 2012. Tim Keene is the former Johnson County Solid Waste Director. He was charged with one count of theft under $500, 25 counts of failure to register motor vehicle titles and nine counts of improper influence of a grand juror. Keene’s son, Kevin, was charged with one count of theft under $500. The Keenes allegedly took scrap metal from the transfer station and sold it to private scrap metal company but failed to turn the money over to Johnson County. Tim Keene was booked into Johnson County jail with a $5,000 bond, while son Kevin had a $2,500 bond.
Tonya Burton was arrested on March 29 by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and charged with theft over $1,000 and eight counts of forgery. This past January, Reece’s office began an investigation after it was reported by the law firm of Grayson, Wright and McEwan that there had been some unauthorized checking account activity. The evidence was presented to the Grand Jury, leading to an indictment. She is due to appear in criminal court with an attorney on May 25.