Probe continues in death of lawmaker
- Upshaw found dead at Simpson County home
By Therese Apel
JACKSON Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw, who was found at a residence in Simpson County on Sunday.
The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker from Diamondhead in Hancock County died of a gunshot wound to the head, Simpson County Sheriff told WLBT-TV.
It appeared to be self inflicted, he said.
Lewis told The Clarion-Ledger that Upshaw was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry in Mendenhall. Rotenberry was first elected to the House in 1992. He lost a Republican primary runoff in House District 77, covering parts of Rankin, Simpson and Smith counties, in 2007.. Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor would not release any details on Upshaws death.
Shes passed; thats all I know at this point, he said. Ive given it to MBI. Theyre doing their investigation on it.
MBI spokesman Warren Strain said the bureau was in the early stages of its investigation.
The crime scene unit is processing the residence, and the investigators are conducting interviews and following leads. It would be premature to make any statement regarding the investigation at this point.
Upshaw, who was single, had served in the Legislature, representing District 95, since 2004. She was chairwoman of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee.
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