Knowles surrendered on the charges against her Sunday morning and was released about 2:30 p.m. on $11,800 bond, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Knowles, Marlow and Trim have each been charged with a felony count of making false statements stemming from an incident following a heated meeting of the school board June 13. Knowles is also charged with one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime, court documents show.
After the school board meeting, Knowles, Marlow and Trim were walking as through downtown Canton to the Painted Pig Tavern about 11 p.m., when Dr. Frank Petruzielo they said almost ran them over as they were crossing the street.
Canton Police responded to a 911 call from Knowles, who reported that Petruzielo “raced right by me in his white BMW and did not stop,” according the 911 call.
A copy of Knowles’ arrest warrant, obtained by the Cherokee Tribune, however, states that the incident took place differently.
“Further investigation showed (Knowles) was already on the sidewalk and not in the roadway when the vehicle passed by her,” the warrant reads.
The incident was also captured on tape by a security camera nearby, according to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Cherokee Tribune’s news partner.
Knowles admitted to police that she was crossing the street illegally and not on a crosswalk, according to the police report.
Police records show Marlow and Trim also provided detectives with “signed, written” statements about the incident which were false.
Petruzielo has maintained that the claims against him are false.
“This is a very serious allegation that has no basis in fact,” he said.
But Anthony Morgese, attorney for Knowles, Marlow and Trim, said Monday his clients did not lie about the incident.
Morgese said the position his clients plan to take is “not guilty … at all.”
He added that only Knowles claimed Petruzielo was the driver of the white BMW and that Marlow and Trim stated it “looked like his car” that almost ran them over.
District Attorney Shannon Wallace said Monday that no court date has been set for Knowles, Marlow and Trim.
The next grand jury, which would have to indict the suspects for the cases to proceed, convenes Aug. 12.