By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer, Photographer
MAY 12, 2015
After deliberating for around eight hours the jury found both Barbara and Jenelle Potter guilty on all charges. Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood sentenced both women to two life sentences. One for each count of first degree murder.
A hearing will be held on June 17, 2015 to determine whether the sentences will run concurrent or consecutive. A life sentence mandates a minimum of 51 years in prison.
Emotions ran high as the jury read the verdict with the families and friends of Payne and Hayworth gasping with elation as the jury foreman uttered the word guilty. Billy Paynes mother, Beverly Garland, stated, Were still hurting, well always be hurting. You know, Billy couldnt call me on Mothers Day. Its hard. Of the verdict Garland stated, Its finally justice for Billy and Billie Jean. Garland went on to praise Investigator Joe Woodard and TBI Agent Scott Lott as well as ADAs Dennis Brooks and Matthew Roark for always being there for us.
Both Barbara and Jenelle Potter erupted in tears as their fates passed the lips of the jury foreman and eventually Judge Blackwood. For the prosecutors on the case, its the conclusion theyve been hoping for since the beginning of what ADA Matthew Roark described as the most emotional case [he] has ever done.
The Tomahawk will continue to follow this story through the sentencing process for both Barbara and Jenelle Potter as well as Jamie Lynn Curd.
BEHIND THE HEADLINE…
BEFORE THE VERDICT…
MAY 11, 2015
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