Spahos was appointed special prosecutor into the case by state Attorney General Sam Olens on the request of DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. He is the solicitor general of Henry County and was appointed executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council in July.
Boston’s call for help came in the wake of a DeKalb Police Department internal affairs investigation that concluded on Sept. 21.
“Based on the allegations that Commissioner Watson is being given preferential treatment due to his status as a DeKalb County commissioner, I feel it is appropriate to have someone outside of this jurisdiction review all of the evidence and make the final determination if any charges are warranted,” Boston said in a Sept. 21 statement.
“I want to make sure the matter receives a very thorough and unbiased investigation, while helping to ensure to the citizens of DeKalb County that all cases will be handled fairly and equitably, regardless of who is involved.”
Police reports say Watson was seated at the Tanqueray Lounge in Decatur on July 12 when Officer O.B. Parker, who was working security, heard him accuse a female bartender of stealing his wallet. When she said she didn’t have it, Watson accused a second woman of stealing his wallet and passing it to another woman, the report said.
When Watson left the club, he reportedly yelled, “I’m gonna act a f-----g fool in the morning” and “One of those two b-----s stole my wallet.”
One of the women was briefly arrested for ignoring Parker’s warnings to calm down.
Watson later found his wallet in his car.
Parker reported that Watson had slurred speech, an unsteady walk and glossy red eyes. He said he told Watson he had seen him drink several alcoholic beverages and told him not to drive the white Mercedes he entered.
Watson said he wouldn’t drive, according to Parker, who called a supervisor to the scene. But after the supervisor arrived, Parker said Watson drove his car out of the lot.
Officers pursued him but could not locate him. About a minute later, Watson returned to the parking lot, exited his vehicle and said, “I am going to let someone take me home.”
Parker wrote that Watson was allowed to leave the bar “due to circumstances beyond my control.” He did not elaborate.
A decision was made to allow Watson to get a ride home and no formal DUI investigation was done.
Watson could not be reached for comment Thursday, but on July 26 he said he did not do anything wrong.