Judd was under surveillance for a few weeks, suspected heroin dealing. On July 1 after being observed doing a hand-to-hand transaction in the parking lot of Zaxby’s at the corner of Hillsboro Road and Mack Hatcher, Officer Chris Harris of the FPD pulled him over and called the K9 unit. The search on his car turned up a yellow paper folded up with a gray powder inside, which later tested positive for heroin. He was charged with simple possession, a misdemeanor offense.
Harris arrested him and Judd was taken to the Williamson County Detention center for booking and processing. There he made things much, much worse for himself.
While there waiting for a bond hearing, apparently angry over his arrest, Judd made threats over the phone. All calls can be recorded at the jail.
Judd, on the recording, can be heard making threats to several officers and making plans to intimidate them and, basically, get revenge.
“I need you to start making Molotov cocktails, and to find the address book and go hold their family hostage or something for some money,” he said according to the Affidavit of Complaint. He also said that he would “kill these motherf——, don’t worry.”
The recording also has him saying that he knows where certain officers live.
However, he makes it clear he does not intend to actually hurt any of them.
“Just try not to kill him but try to scare him,” he said. And: “Try not to catch a charge, but try to get the point across.”
After these statements became known, Judd was charged with Retaliation for Past Action, a class E felony. According to the Tennessee Courts a Class E felony conviction carries a sentence of two to six years incarceration in a state facility, along with up-to $3,000 in fines.
Judd, 23, who lives in Spring Hill, also stands charged with Tampering with Evidence, a Class C felony, which carries from three to 15 years incarceration upon a conviction and up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the Affidavit of Complaint, prison staff heard Judd claim that he destroyed contraband.
Two Spring Hill residents, who know Judd and bought heroin from him regularly, said his comments should not be taken seriously.
They asked to remain unnamed to protect themselves from potential investigation and in case they are called as witnesses in Judd’s trial.
“It is being blown way out of proportion,” said the male friend, who often bought heroin from Judd. “Yes, he was selling heroin, that is his crime, and cops kept harassing over and over, pulling him over or following him constantly, trying to catch him and eventually they caught him with a small amount. But only after weeks of being constantly pulled over and harassed. And they weren’t even able to charge him with intent to distribute after all that time. Anyone is capable of saying that and meaning it, but having said that, would he have actually done anything? No. He was angry, dumb, yes, to say those things but not violent. I have known him since he was a kid.”
“He was just tired of being messed with.”
A female friend said much the same thing.
“I have known Chris for years, and he did not mean what he said,” she said. “Everyone says dumb stuff that they do not mean when they are angry. Chris just happened to do it when police were listening. Never in a million years would I believe he meant what he said, let alone be dumb enough to actually follow through on it. He was venting- not plotting. I think he was talking to his mom, when they recorded that stuff. Are you going to ask your mom for help going after cops? Nope. But you will vent to her, saying crazy stuff in what you thought was a private conversation.”
Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner, after the comments became known, ordered an immediate and thorough investigation.
“Franklin is a community that stands behind their police officers,” she said. “When someone plans violence against a police officer, they pose a real danger to all of us. I was appalled by what I heard in the recordings, and even more so that this offender was planning assaults on not only our officers, but their families. Threats against any member of our community is unacceptable. Conspiring to assault and intimidate the people sworn to protect the rest of us is egregious.”