Johnson County

Defendants in 'Facebook murder' trial ask for change of venue

JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Defense attorneys have submitted a motion requesting a venue change for the trial of three people accused in the 'Facebook murders'.

We obtained the paperwork filed by defendant Jenelle Potter's attorney.

Barbara Potter, Jenelle Potter and Jamie Lynn Curd are each charged with two counts of first degree murder, plus conspiracy to commit murder, in connection to the 2012 Johnson County killings of a young couple Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth.

Marvin Potter was found guilty on two counts of murder in the case in October 2013. Click here to read more.

The prosecution argues the three killed the couple because they defriended Jenelle, Marvin Potter's adult daughter, on Facebook.

A judge already moved the trial from Johnson County, where the crime happened, to Washington County, Tennessee. Jenelle's attorney says because of the media coverage, he feels the defendants will not receive a fair trial.

The judge is expected to make a decision on March 27.

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