By Max Hrenda
JONESBOROUGH – The fate of the first of four people accused in the 2012 shooting deaths of a Mountain City couple has been decided, but prosecutors are far from finished with the case.
On Friday afternoon, a Washington County jury found Marvin Enoch Potter Jr., 61, guilty for his part in the deaths of Billy Clay Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth, earning convictions of first-degree murder for each victim.
And with the trial of Marvin Potter now limited to a sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorneys General Dennis Brooks and Matthew Roark said their attention would now turn to the prosecution of Barbara and Jenelle Potter and Jamie Curd on charges that they were also involved in the killing of Payne and Hayworth.
“We know we’ve got more work to do to bring full justice to these victims,” Brooks said. “So we will get to work with the next set of cases.”
Curd’s trial had been scheduled to begin on Dec. 9, but Brooks said he will be seeking a “motion for joinder” to try him along with Barbara and Jenelle Potter, because all three are charged with the same crime.
That hearing will take place later this month, on Oct. 29, in Mountain City, the same day Marvin Potter will officially receive his sentence.