Testimony begins in Facebook ‘unfriending’ murder trial

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The first day of testimony has begun in a double-murder trial in a case prosecutors say was caused by a woman being deleted as a friend on Facebook.

The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/1E4dADW) reports testimony began Monday for 64-year-old Barbara Potter, and her daughter, 35-year-old Jenelle Potter, both of Mountain City.

The two are charged with the 2012 murders of 36-year-old Billy Payne and 23-year-old Billie Jean Hayworth, who were found dead inside their home. Their 7-month-old son was found alive.

Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brook says the killings happened after Jenelle Potter was “unfriended” by the couple on Facebook.

Marvin Potter, Jenelle Potter’s father, is already serving two life sentences for the slayings. Defendant Jamie Curd, The Johnson City Press reports, has reached a plea agreement.

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