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Opening Statements in Kelly Marlow Trial Start On Wednesday

The Cherokee school board member and two associates face false statement charges after they accused Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo of trying to run them over last summer.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
After two days of combing through potential candidates, a jury has finally been chosen for the trial of a Cherokee County School Board member and two associates who are accused of lying to authorities when they said Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo tried to run them over last summer.

Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney Shannon Wallace said opening statements will start on the morning of Wednesday, April 23 in the case against District 1 member Kelly Marlow, her partner Robert Trim and resident Barbara Knowles. Superior Court Judge Ellen McElyea is presiding over the case.

The trio in June accused Petruzielo of trying to run them over in his vehicle as they crossed East Main Street in downtown Canton after the June 13 school board meeting. 

After investigating the allegations, the Canton Police Department later issued arrest warrants for the trio's arrest. 

A Cherokee County grand jury later indicted Marlow on four counts of making false statements in relation to the allegations against the superintendent.

Trim was indicted on three counts of making false statements while Knowles was indicted on one count of filing a false report and four counts of making false statements. 

Knowles, who is the secretary of the Cherokee County Republican Party, made the original call to Cherokee County E-911 to report the allegations. 

A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal in November ruled Marlow could remain in office while the case moved forward, noting the "indictment does not relate to or adversely affect Marlow’s ability to perform her official duties."

Sanford Chandler April 24, 2014 at 05:51 PM
Please argue the point and stop Changing topics Assigning blame elsewhere And pointing fingers.
Chad casey April 24, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Ahhhh, I think did.....
nybelleinga April 27, 2014 at 07:48 PM
I always have had that problem with run on sentences. I'll work on it. Thanks. We aren't moving to NY, though. I haven't lived in NY for over 20 years. My kids will be thriving in a school that has a 96% graduation rate, thank you.
David R April 28, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Hey Chad! Wanna edit your previous statement? "So if you get this fired up about a local issue regarding someone that will not Even get convicted of a misdemeanor" 12 people who had NO IDEA who she was convicted your idol Kelly Marlow and the other two tea-tards. They saw the videos, heard the audio and watched them all squirm as the obvious lies they told were demonstrated to them in front of us all. I was there in the court, wouldn't have missed it. The KARMA Train has left the station with three fresh passengers. Well-deserved and a GREAT job by the ADA and the 12 members of the jury "of her peers".
Chad casey April 29, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Yep, I was wrong, but again...she's not my hero. Questioning our government should be an expectation for all tax paying citizens. So I don't idolize someone for doing what their suppose to do....I call out the people that don't question the government. Please remember......it's our money and the government works for us...We the people! Sometimes that message gets lost in all of this. If you invested money with someone, you would want to know what they are going to do with your money, Right? If you believe in Capitalism, you would also want to know, how that investor is going to make money with your contribution. Well, this is no different. Don't squander my money! Take my money and use it wisely....for the betterment of our kids! For me, that's what this is all about! And yes....If I ask a question, then I expect someone to answer that question with an honest answer. That's all !

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