A Tennessee couple who “unfriended” a woman were murdered in their home by the jilted woman’s father and another man, according to police.
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” said Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, adding that he’d never seen anything like it in his 27 years on the job. “We’ve had murders, but nothing like this. This is just senseless.”
Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth were killed in January after they removed Jenelle Potter, the daughter of one of the suspects, from their “friends” list. Both victims had been shot in the head and the man had his throat slit.
Their eight-month-old baby was in the mother’s arms, unharmed.
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter Jr., 60, and Jamie Lynn Curd, 38, were each charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The men were arrested on Tuesday.
Reece said that a couple of harassment cases had been filed in court against Jenelle Potter recently due to someone “blocking her” on Facebook or “taking her off.”
“Once you’ve crossed her, you’ve crossed her father too,” Reece said.
Her father will head back to court next week for a bond hearing after he hires an attorney.
Curd, who is also a second cousin to one of the two victims, was appointed an attorney and bond was set at $750,000 for each murder count. His preliminary hearing will be held next month.
No charges have been filed against Jenelle Potter, the sheriff said. She could not reached for comment.
Curd’s attorney says it’s “safe to say there’s more to it than the Facebook problem, it appears.”
It just seems senseless to me to kill someone over Facebook. How long will it be before people who use FourSquare start killing people who take their mayorship away?
Dangerous times we’re living in. Dangerous times indeed.
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