LOCUST GROVE — A pregnant woman from Locust Grove allegedly killed by her live-in boyfriend was carrying a girl, according to Henry County Coroner Donald Cleveland.
Meghann Pope died Sunday after allegedly being rundown by Brian Mack Feltman near the couple’s home inside the Heron Bay subdivision.
Cleveland said an autopsy on Pope was conducted Tuesday and is pending Georgia Bureau of Investigation toxicology findings.
“The toxicology results are generally returned within a three-to-six-months time frame,” said Cleveland.
Family and friends of Pope held a candlelight vigil in her memory Monday evening.
Feltman made his first appearance in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday morning. He is accused of running down Pope in his pick-up truck, charged with felony murder and feticide.
The incident happened around 6:30 a.m., at 6033 Golf View Crossing, inside the Heron Bay subdivision in Locust Grove. Pope was pronounced dead at Piedmont Henry Hospital.
Feltman, 27, appeared before Henry County Magistrate Court Judge Wesley Shannon.
Feltman told Shannon he wanted to be represented by the Henry County Public Defender’s Office. Shannon reset the case for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 10, at 8:30 a.m.
“On Aug. 9, Brian Feltman did cause the death of Meghann Pope, by intentionally striking Meghann Pope with a 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, during the commission of an aggravated assault,” alleges the arrest warrant application. “Meghann Pope was said to be approximately four months pregnant at the time.”
There was a strong presence of Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies when Feltman appeared in magistrate court.
“Any time we have someone with such serious charges as murder, we take extra precaution to ensure the safety of everyone in the courtroom,” said Henry County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Foster. “We had no indication Mr. Feltman would present a problem. The extra deputies were only there to maintain security.”
Feltman was booked and remains in the Henry County Jail under suicide watch.
“Feltman is being closely monitored in our medical section of the jail,” said Foster. “This is standard procedure for anyone booked into our facility with similar charges.”
Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton said Feltman and Pope, 27, lived together for several months at the Watson Drive home in the Heron Bay Home subdivision. The couple did not live far from the incident location, said Bolton.
“Feltman’s initial statement to police indicated that he had simply come upon her while driving down the road,” said Bolton.
Heron Bay resident Brent Brooks said he was awakened to screams for help early Sunday morning.
“He was screaming and when I looked outside, I noticed him crouched over her crying for help. She was in the street leaning against the curb,” said Brooks, 37. “I went outside to where they were and he was on his cell phone, talking to 911. He was very upset, he was trying to get them to get there as soon as possible.”
Brooks said the incident happened in front of his Golf View Crossing home. He said he saw the Ford F-150 pickup parked in the middle of the street.
“I asked him what happened,” said Brooks. “He said he rode by and saw her in the street. She was non-responsive. I told him I didn’t know what to do, I don’t know of a nearby doctor, but paramedics would be here shortly. Then, I just simply held her hand, said a silent prayer and told her help was on the way. He told me she was pregnant and was due the first week in January.”
Feltman has a lengthy criminal history. Henry County Jail records show:
• In December 2011, violation of probation
• May 2011, suspended license, no tag, obstruction of an officer
• April 2011, Fulton County arrest warrant
• January 2010, violation of probation and child support
• July 2008, violation probation
• June 2008, public drunkenness and possession of marijuana less than an ounce
• May 2007, contempt of court
• February 2006, violation of probation and disorderly conduct
• May 2004, burglary
• January 2003, violation of probation
• August 2002, suspended license and violation of safety restraints
Bolton said police are continuing their investigation into Pope’s death.
“Evidence indicates he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident,” said Bolton.
Feltman remained in the Henry County Jail without bond only at press time Monday. His bond is scheduled to be set in Henry County Superior Court.