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Potter, Curd make court appearance

Marvin E. “Buddy” Potter and Jamie Lynn Curd, both charged with murder, made their first appearance in Johnson County Criminal Court on Tuesday, August 14th after being indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Both men have been charged with going to the home of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth, after a complaint from Potter’s daughter accusing the couple of harassing and unfriending her on the social network, Facebook. Both Payne and Hays were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012 and had both been shot in the head.

Both Potter and Curd have until November 9th to file pretrial motions and have until February 1st to present any negotiated settlements. The trial is set to begin April 15, 2013. The men appeared separately in court in front of Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood. Potter has retained local attorney, Randy Fallin. Once Potter was removed from the courtroom, Curd was brought in. As of the court date, he had not retained a lawyer. Based on a review of his financial statement by Judge Blackwood, Curd was appointed a public defender, as he could not afford one of his own.