Georgia school board member stabbed 17 times. Will investigation find self-defense?

The GBI is trying to figure out whether a newly elected school board member in Spalding County was stabbed 17 times in self-defense.

Authorities told Channel 2 Action News they know the man who stabbed Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education member Ricardo Syntel Brown, 33, outside his home off High Falls Road on Monday. However, the man hasn’t been arrested because the agency is still trying to determine what led to the stabbing.

Brown is recovering at Atlanta Medical Center’s intensive care unit, Channel 2 reported. GBI officials interviewed him Thursday from his hospital bed.


The agency previously referred to Brown and 24-year-old Devontae Perkins, who was also found stabbed several times, as victims, reported. Perkins was treated and released from Spalding Regional Hospital.

Spalding County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dwayne Jones told Friday that authorities are not looking for a third person, saying Brown and Perkins are believed to be the only people involved. 

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“When we handed the investigation off to the GBI, we labeled them both at the time as victims,” Jones said. “The GBI will make the determination whether they can determine a primary aggressor.”

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Friday her agency has nothing to add about the investigation.

Attorney Tiffany Simmons told Channel 2 that Brown’s family believes the stabbing was attempted murder, and the man responsible should be arrested.

“My client is in ICU with over 17 stab wounds,” Simmons said. “That person should’ve been charged the day it happened.”


Simmons said Brown is “acquainted” with the man who stabbed him, but she couldn’t say what his motive may have been, the news station reported.

A spokeswoman told Channel 2 the stabbing had nothing to do with Brown’s position on the school board. He is also a teacher at Fulton Leadership Academy in East Point.

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