Cherokee County School Board member Kelly Marlow, Political Consultant Robert Trim, and Cherokee GOP Secretary Barbara Knowles have been indicted. The charges stem from what police say are false claims that Cherokee School Superintendent Frank Petruzielo tried to run over them back in June.
Embattled Cherokee County School Board Member Kelly Marlow has been indicted by a grand jury in relation to statements she made alleging Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo tried to run she and two others over in June.
The grand jury on Tuesday handed down the charges. Marlow has been indicted on four counts of making false statements.
Her partner and political advisor Robert Trim has been indicted on three counts of making false statements while Barbara Knowles, secretary of the Cherokee County Republican Party, has been indicted on one count of filing a false report and four counts of making false statements.
Marlow has to face local voters in addition to the legal charges, but the events also may affect at least one other campaign. Trim appears to be quarterbacking the Eugene Yu campaign and has been highly visible with him at various events. While the theory of innocent until proven guilty holds true, having a staffer/consultant facing these kinds of public issues is generally “less than ideal” for an upstart candidate who needs all the earned media he can generate to help get his name out to the public.