A former police officer in Mississippi accused of running down his model ex-girlfriend has been charged in her death.
James Heath Kitchens is facing a count of manslaughter for allegedly deliberately striking his 26-year-old ex and the mother of his son, Brittany Rhea Phillips, with his car, WTVA reported.
Police responded on Saturday to a spot on Riviera Road in Oktibbeha County around 8 p.m. for reports of a car accident involving a pedestrian, who has since been identified as Phillips. She was rushed to the OCH Regional Medical Center, where she pronounced dead early Sunday morning.
Authorities believe the deadly incident stemmed from a “domestic situation” but did not provide further details, according to WCBI.
Kitchens was arrested in wake of the incident and has since been released after posting his $25,000 bond.
On Wednesday, authorities confirmed the 30-year-old suspect worked for the Tupelo Police Department from January 2019 to May 2020.
“No further employment details may be released as that is a personnel matter,” officers said in a statement.
Phillips’ body has been sent to Jackson for an autopsy.
According to her social media, she worked as a model and entrepreneur, peddling goods for her online beauty boutique, Couturhea and beauty shop, Beauty Perfected. She was also reportedly pursuing a degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University and had worked for two years at Oktibbeha County Hospital.
Her online profiles also suggest that she just started a minor in biological sciences and was pre-med at the university. Phillips also worked as a ring card girl for the Professional Fighters League since 2016.
She leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter and a 10-month-old son, according to a GoFundMe page. Kitchens is reportedly the father of the youngest child.