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The movie, play, book, and brochure ...
The movie, play, book, and brochure all tell the story of Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts, who successfully worked the case of murderer John Wallace in 1948 following the violent death of a sharecropper, Wilson Turner, in Moreland.
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The 1948 John Wallace trial and murder investigation were inspiration for the best-selling Margaret Anne Barnes book, "Murder in Coweta County," and the CBS made-for-TV movie starring Johnny Cash as Coweta Sheriff Lamar Potts and Andy Griffith as Wallace.
Lamar Potts, Coweta ...
Lamar Potts, Coweta County sheriff, 40-55.
Laid back, but serious about his job.
Mayhayley Lancaster, white female, psychic, 30-50.
Wild in appearance and speech.
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Lamar Potts - Former sheriff of Coweta County
In addition to the photo op ...
In addition to the photo op at the county line, there were stops at the site of Sunset Tourist Court, where the murder is believed to have occurred, and at the grave of Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.
The story - with powerful Wallace murdering his employee, relentlessly determined Sheriff Lamar Potts and Heard County fortuneteller Mayhayley Lancaster had 'subject matter for movies which you seldom find.'
Reflecting on Potts
said, 'You make up characters that have that kind of determination and character and success.
To find them in real life is rare.'
Along with the hero, 'you need an opponent,' Atkins said. 'You need a bad guy.'
Wallace and Potts
'were both fascinating people.' Wallace was multilayered - 'someone who not only does bad things but does good things.'
Atkins remembered working with Earl Hindman, who played J.H. Potts, Lamar Potts' deputy and brother.