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Potter, Curd charged with first degree murder of Payne, Hayworth

Two men have been charged with first degree murder in the shooting deaths of a Johnson County couple found dead in their home last week.
Jamie Lynn Curd, 38, of 2358 Pleasant Valley Road, Mountain City, TN and Marvin “Buddy” Potter, Jr., 60, of 727 Hospital Road, Mountain City, TN were arrested early Tuesday morning.
Billie Jean Hayworth, 23, and Billy Payne, 36, were killed last Tuesday morning at their home at 128 James Davis Lane, Mountain City. Both victims had been shot in the head and Payne’s throat was cut post-mortem. Their six-month-old son was found unhurt in his mother’s arms.
Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece says his department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have interviewed more than 150 individuals during the weeklong investigation. “They had been people of interest from the beginning,” said Reece after the arrests. “Everything pointed back to these two.” He believes the shootings stemmed from Facebook and Internet altercations last year that involved Hayworth, Payne, Potter and Potter’s daughter. According to a TBI press release, Payne and Hayworth made complaints against Potter’s daughter for harassing and making threats against them by telephone and Internet. Curd, who is Payne’s second cousin, went to court in defense of Potter’s daughter last year about the accusations.
The case began to open up during an interview with Curd Monday night. “After several hours of questioning, he started to talk,” said Reece. “He gave us some good info, more or less told us what had taken place that morning. Everything began to add up.” The investigation and evidence revealed that Curd and Potter allegedly entered the residence and shot Payne in the couple’s bedroom and Hayworth in the baby’s room.
Curd was arrested at the time of his questioning. Officers went to Potter’s residence about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday armed with arrest and search warrants. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. They are being held in the Johnson County Jail under $200,000 bond each. Court date is set for March 7, 2012.