Facebook Defriending Triggers Double Murder

Marvin Potter charged with 'senseless' Tennessee slayings

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2012 12:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Two Tennessee men have been charged with killing a couple over what police describe as a "senseless and stupid" motive: A defriending on Facebook. Marvin Potter, 60, was enraged by the couple's decision to scratch his 30-year-old daughter from their list of friends, according to police. The two were found shot dead in their home, with their 8-month-old daughter lying unharmed in her mother's arms, reports AP.

Potter was charged with first-degree murder after an intensive week-long police investigation, reports the Johnson City Press. Investigators found that the couple had complained about Potter's daughter harassing them on the Internet and over the phone. A friend of Potter's, who police said had romantic feelings for his daughter, has been charged as an accessory to murder.

Jamie Curd, 38, has been charged as an accessory to the slayings.
Jamie Curd, 38, has been charged as an accessory to the slayings.   (Johnson County Sheriff's Department)
Marvin Potter, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder.
Marvin Potter, 60, has been charged with first-degree murder.   (Johnson County Sheriff's Department)
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