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TN Grand Jury indicts Bradley Co. Sheriff Eric Watson on 12 new charges

The State of Tennessee has indicted Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on 12 new charges related to falsifying vehicle titles. (Images: Bradley Co. Sheriff's Office, MGN)

UPDATE (Nov. 14th):

NewsChannel 9 has confirmed with Watson's attorney that the trial has been delayed from the original starting date of November 27th.

Explaining the delay, attorney Jim Logan only told us that "big issues exist."

Depend on us to keep you posted.

PREVIOUSLY:

A Tennessee Grand Jury has indicted Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson on 12 new charges related to falsifying vehicle titles.

The TBI indicted Watson indicted in July on six separate charges of using six vehicles that he knew to have been altered, falsified or forged.

Now, Watson is charged with six counts of holding an altered, forged, or falsified title and six more counts of using an altered, forged, or falsified title.

These charges are a result of an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue, and are separate from those from the investigation by the TBI and Sevier County DA's Office.

Commissioner Tom Crye and Jim Logan, Watson's attorney, told NewsChannel 9 that the original indictments will be dropped.

Logan says the wording of "hold" and "use" in the indictments did not entirely specify to a jury what charges they are considering, and would delay a trial.

Logan says the court allowed the state to make new indictments to clarify what the jurors will be making a verdict on, so now the jury will vote on each count of "use" and "hold".

Jim Logan says that he still believes Sheriff Watson did not break any laws.

Related | More scrutiny for Bradley Co. Sheriff Eric Watson

Sheriff Watson's trial is scheduled to be held in Bradley County Criminal Court November 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Below are the individual charges. You can read the full indictment in the picture gallery above.

  • Count 7: August 19, 2016 - September 22, 2016 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 1999 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 8: August 19, 2016 - September 22, 2016 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 1999 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 9: August 19, 2016 - September 27, 2016 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 2001 Chevy Blazer
  • Count 10: August 19, 2016 - September 27, 2016 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 2001 Chevy Blazer
  • Count 11: August 19, 2016 - October 17, 2016 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 12: August 19, 2016 - October 17, 2016 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 13: August 19, 2016 - January 10, 2017 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Ford Crown Victoria
  • Count 14: August 19, 2016 - January 10, 2017 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Ford Crown Victoria
  • Count 15: August 19, 2016 - September 22, 2016 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 16: August 19, 2016- September 22, 2016 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 2002 Dodge Stratus
  • Count 17: August 19, 2016 - October 4, 2016 | holding altered, forged, or falsified title | 2005 Chevrolet Impala
  • Count 18: August 19, 2016 - October 4, 2016 | using altered, forged, or falsified title | 2005 Chevrolet Impala

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