Cherokee school board member found guilty of lying to police


A Cherokee County School Board member was found guilty Saturday night of lying to authorities and filing a false police report, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Kelly Marlow cried after the jury’s verdict was read, the news station said.

Two of Marlow’s associates — Cherokee Republican Party Secretary Barbara Knowles and political adviser Robert John Trim — also were found guilty.

Prosecutors said all three lied about Superintendent Frank Petruzielo trying to hit them with his SUV after a contentious late-night school board meeting June 13. During the meeting, Marlow and Petruzielo got into several heated exchanges over the board’s budget and procedures. Afterward, Marlow told police she was crossing the street in front of the Painted Pig Tavern in Canton with Trim and Knowles when the superintendent’s vehicle suddenly charged toward them, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The trio was arrested in July and charged with filing a false police report.

Under Georgia law, Marlow will be suspended from the school board because of the felony conviction.

Marlow, Knowles and Trim could each face several years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the Cherokee Tribune.

By Angel K. Brooks
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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