Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson's charges hang on judge's ruling

Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson, left, stops to talk with County Commissioner Howard Thompson as he leaves the courtroom with his wife Tenille Watson, right, after a hearing on a motion to dismiss felony counts against Sheriff Watson on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Cleveland, Tenn. Sheriff Watson is being charged with 12 felonies in relation to forged vehicle registrations.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - A judge said Wednesday he will decide within a few days whether Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson walks free or goes to trial on a dozen felony charges relating to forged automobile titles.

In a short hearing, Special Judge Don Ash, of Murfreesboro, heard a motion to dismiss by Watson attorney James F. Logan Jr.

The charges accuse Watson of having or using vehicle titles that had been forged or altered in relation to his side business selling used cars. The Tennessee Department of Revenue took the case to the Bradley County grand jury after a December 2015 investigation by the Times Free Press into Watson's side business as a used car dealer.