Prosecutor writes book on Mountain City Facebook murders

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (AP) – The prosecutor in the Mountain City Facebook double-murder case has written a book about the crime.

The Johnson City Press reports ( “Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee” by prosecutor Dennis Brooks is set for release Feb. 16.

The killings occurred in 2012, when 36-year-old Billy Payne and 23-year-old Billie Jean Hayworth were found dead inside their Mountain City home. Brooks says the murders happened after Jenelle Potter was “unfriended” by the couple on Facebook. Ultimately, Potter, her parents, Marvin and Barbara Potter, and Jamie Curd were charged in the couple’s deaths.

Brooks successfully obtained guilty verdicts for the Potters and a guilty plea from Curd.

Brooks says he hopes people who read the book will realize the difficulty of getting the case to trial.