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Former Mississippi State MP Ashley Henley was fatally shot Sunday while mowing the lawn in front of the burned-out trailer where her sister-in-law was reportedly found dead in December.
The body of Henley, a 40-year-old Republican who served in DeSoto County from 2016 to 2020, was found by Yalobusha County MPs, Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera told Mississippi Today.
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Jubera said Henley was shot and called her death “not accidental”.
Henley’s death was first reported on Monday in a Mississippi Herald Facebook post.
Henley’s husband Brandon commented on the post that his wife was found murdered, according to the Mississippi Free Press. His post appeared to have been removed by Wednesday.
“Yes, it was my wife, Ashley Henley, who was found murdered in the same place my sister was,” he wrote, according to the outlet. “She ran a weed eater and was shot in the back of the head, according to local authorities. That’s all they’ve been telling us at the moment.”
Henley had insisted that her sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones be murdered when her body was found on December 27th after a fire in the trailer. Henley wrote several posts on Facebook about seeking justice for Jones and criticizing the investigation into her death.
“This is just the beginning. I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of the truth,” wrote Henley on May 24, along with a photo of a certificate listing Jones’ immediate cause of death as “unknown”.
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A makeshift billboard with photos of Jones and the words “I was murdered” was posted on the property.
Yalobusha County’s medical examiner Ronnie Stark told the Mississippi Free Press that the investigation into Jones’ death in the trailer was still ongoing and that the murder was not ruled out. He said Jones’ body had no gunshot wounds.
Jubera told Mississippi Today that the deaths of both women are being investigated and that authorities will “do everything possible to get it right”.
Henley is survived by her husband and son.