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Ex-APD major charged with sneaking cellphone to inmate son
(UPDATE: The indictment says the contraband was a cellphone and battery. Williams is free on a $5,000 signature bond.)
Former Atlanta police Maj. Pearlene Williams, once Chief Richard Pennington’s chief of staff, was indicted today in DeKalb County on two felony counts.
Williams, a 28-year APD veteran, was charged with violating her oath as a public officer and with furnishing prohibited items — a cellphone and battery — to an inmate.
Williams’ son, Muhammad Kareem, 22, had been jailed in DeKalb for the 2007 killing of Fred Miller, 58, manager of a Covington Highway pawn shop. Kareem pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison plus five years. He was transferred to state custody in August.
Prosecutors took the case in July after receiving an investigative report on the incident from Sheriff Tom Brown, records show. The alleged incident occurred sometime between Feb. 1 and June 18.
Williams retired from the Atlanta police force in July, shortly after news of the investigation became public. She is free on a $5,000 signature bond arranged by her attorney, Dwight Thomas.