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Potter, Curd bound over to Grand Jury

Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd, charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth, appeared in Sessions court this past Wednesday, March 21, 2012, for a hearing to determine probable cause. The bonds for both Potter and Curd had been set at $1.5 million each and both men remain in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.
Both Payne and Hayworth were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012. They both had been shot in the head. Additionally, Payne’s throat had been cut post-mortem. Their six-month old son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms. It was reported that both Facebook and Internet arguments that led to the “unfriending” of Janelle Potter was the motive behind the murders. She is the daughter of Marvin Potter. Both Payne and Hayworth had been witnesses against Janelle in previous court cases in Johnson County over Internet and telephone harassment. Court records show a history of shouting matches, harassing phone calls and threats of violence.
See this week's print version of The Tomahawk for the complete story.