TN appeals court upholds Marvin Potter’s conviction in Facebook killings


NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) – A man convicted for his role in a high-profile double murder case will remain in prison.

The Tennessee Appeals Court upheld the ruling in the criminal trial that resulted in a double-life sentence for Marvin Potter for two counts of premeditated murder.

Potter was one of three people convicted in the first-degree murders of Bill Payne and his girlfriend Billie Jean Hayworth.

Investigators said Marvin Potter shot and killed the Johnson County couple, in January 31, 2012, after a Facebook feud/unfriending involving his daughter Janelle Potter.

Marvin Potter’s defense team claimed the trial that resulted in his conviction had insufficient evidence and hearsay testimony.

The state court of appeals denied those claims.

Marvin’s wife, Barbara and daughter Jenelle were also convicted of the couple’s murders last year.

The women were both sentenced to serve two life sentences.

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