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Jennelle Potter can be seen facing the camera, while Jamie Curd sits with his back to the camera. Jennelle Potter can be seen facing the camera, while Jamie Curd sits with his back to the camera.
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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

A jury from Washington County will hear the case of three people accused in a Johnson County double-murder.

Judge John Kerry Blackwood denied a defense motion requesting a jury be pulled from another county in the case of Jennelle Potter, Barbara Potter and Jamie Curd, who are accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of Billy Payne and Billie Jeane Hayworth. Both were found dead in January 2012 in their home in Johnson County. Hayworth had her 6-month-old child in her arms when her body was discovered.

The motions hearing was held Tuesday morning in Washington County, where defense attorneys argued that a local jury would be unduly prejudicial because of the voluminous amount of media coverage the case has received.

Blackwood reserved the right to re-examine the issue later if he perceived it to be a problem.

The three are now scheduled to go to trial August 11. A trial date of May 12 had originally been scheduled.

Marvin Potter, the husband of Barbara Potter, was tried and convicted for his role in the murders in October.

He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

A motions hearing for a new trial for him has been scheduled for May 16.

Investigators had said the killings were prompted by a Facebook “unfriending.”

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