Convicted East Tennessee mother, daughter request new trial in Facebook murders case

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A mother and daughter convicted for their roles in a high-profile double murder case that gained national attention are asking for a new trial just months after a jury convicted them of murder.

The request for that new trial is happening today inside a Jonesborough courtroom.

In May, a judge sentenced Jenelle and her mother Barbara Potter to two life sentences for the 2012 murders of Bill Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth in Johnson County, TN.

The case became known as the “Facebook murders” — after the state said the couple was killed because of a dispute with Jenelle Potter on social media.

Prosecutors say Barabara and Jenelle convinced father and husband Marvin Potter to carry out the murders.

He was convicted in October 2013 and was sentenced to two life sentences.

News Channel 11’s Allie Hinds is in the courtroom gathering the latest details. We will reveal the latest developments in the new trial request online and tonight beginning on News Channel 11 at 5:00 p.m.

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