UPDATE: "Facebook murders" duo denied new trial
JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. - —
An appeal was denied Wednesday to the mother and daughter duo convicted of murdering a couple stemming at least in part from an ”unfriending” on facebook.
Barbara and Jennelle Potter are serving life for the so called "Facebook murder” of Bill Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth in Johnson County in 2012.
Prosecutors contend out of jealousy, Hayworth was targeted, and Jannelle Potter convinced her father and boyfriend to shoot and kill the couple. When they were found, Billie Jean Hayworth was still holding an infant son who survived.
All four were convicted, but the two women sought a new trial, claiming a book subsequently written by prosecutor Dennis Brooks contained new evidence.
In a ruling issued Wednesday, Judge Don Ash denied their request, saying there was overwhelming evidence of their guilt and no failure by brooks to disclose evidence.