Wat­son TBI file to be closed

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OBITUARIES -

The spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor in the case against Bradley County Sher­iff Eric Wat­son said Tues­day he has asked the Ten­nessee Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion to close its file on that 17-month probe.

Jimmy Dunn, dis­trict at­tor­ney gen­eral in the 4th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict of Se­vier and Cocke coun­ties, said he had writ­ten a let­ter Mon­day ask­ing TBI to close its file, which ends the case.

In Jan­uary, Dunn dis­missed 12 felony charges against Wat­son of hav­ing or us­ing forged ve­hi­cle ti­tles in his side busi­ness sell­ing used cars. Dunn said he de­cided not to pros­e­cute, even though Wat­son tech­ni­cally broke the law, be­cause the sher­iff later paid sales taxes on cars he bought in Florida and sold in Bradley County.

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