Investigators: Monroe Co. man found dead in yard after axe accident

Man found dead in yard after self-inflicted accident with an axe, investigators believe

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- Monroe County Deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in a yard on Montpelier Road Saturday.

Deputies have identified that man as 61-year-old Clifford Kelly Pope, Sr.

Deputies said they got the call around 12:18 p.m. of a man found unconscious. When deputies and EMS arrived they found Pope dead in the yard.

Investigators arrived on scene and, based on an initial investigation, believe that Pope was cutting firewood in the front yard when he accidentally hit himself in the face with an axe.

Pope is believed to have passed out from blood loss and died on the scene.

Pope will be sent to the GBI Crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy.

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