Judge Don Ash denied an appeal this past Wednesday, January 17, 2018, that was filed by Barbara and Jennelle Potter. Mother and daughter were convicted in the murder of Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth in 2012 in Johnson County. Both women requested a new trial, stating there was new evidence in a book written by prosecutor Dennis Brooks.
Marvin Potter and Jamie Curd were also charged in the homicides. All three Potters, Barbara, Jennelle and Marvin, are serving life sentences. Curd received a 25-year sentence.
In his ruling, Judge Ash denied their requests, stating there was overwhelming evidence of their guilt and there was no failure by prosecutor Brooks to disclose evidence.