Commissioner gives Bradley County sheriff, newspaper 24 hours to apologize

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Bradley County commissioner accused by Sheriff Eric Watson of involvement in a Florida murder case called Watson a liar and demanded an apology from the sheriff and the local newspaper.

“I want to make this clear: The attempt to link me to this or any murder is a clear fabrication,” Commissioner Dan Rawls said from the dais during a commission voting session Monday.

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He was referring to a March 12 story in the Cleveland Daily Banner that detailed a 1977 robbery-murder in Jacksonville, Fla. Two men, Donald Perry and Daniel Rawls, were charged in the case. Rawls was granted immunity and testified against Perry, who got a death sentence that later was commuted to life in prison.

Watson told the Banner that…

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