Mississippi Lawmaker Found Dead Of Gunshot Wound - Suicide?
2013-03-26 0:00

By Connor Adams Sheets | IBTimes

RIC Ed Note: What is going on in Mississippi? Five lawmakers have died in as many months.

Mississippi state Rep. Jessica Upshaw was found dead of a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon, and it appears that she may have killed herself, though the official report on her death has not yet been released.

And ABC News reported Monday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the case. CBS News reports that Upshaw’s death marks the fifth Mississippi state legislator to die in the past five months, but the other four succumbed to natural causes.

The legislator represented the Mississippi House of Representatives’ District 95 -- which includes Hancock and Harrison counties -- since 2004, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, which is based in the state capital.

The home in which Upshaw was found is apparently the residence of Republican former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor declined to provide specifics regarding Upshaw’s passing to the newspaper, saying only that, “She’s passed; that’s all I know at this point ... I’ve given it to MBI. They’re doing their investigation on it.”


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