Police still investigating death of Miss. politician — Was watching romantic comedy after trip to beach — “Astounding” that 5 lawmakers have died in office in 5 months — TV airs interview with boyfriend (VIDEO)

Published: March 26th, 2013 at 12:28 pm ET
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Follow-up to: Politician found with gunshot to her head -- CBS: "Does not appear to be a natural death" -- Was directing BP oil spill fine money -- 5th Mississippi lawmaker to die in recent months (VIDEO)

The Clarion-Ledger: In the last five months, five lawmakers have died. The latest was Sunday, when state Rep. Jessica Upshaw, R-Diamondhead, was found dead at a residence in Simpson County of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. “I have been legislator for 26 years, and I can’t remember in my first 20 years, five people (legislators) dying while in office,” said state Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson. “It’s astounding. We have lost some of our best people.” [...]

The Sun Herald: Upshaw was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to be a part of the board tasked with planning how to spend billions in RESTORE Act fines BP will pay as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

AP: [... She] gave no indication in recent days that she was contemplating taking her own life, according to a former lawmaker who was with the woman the day she died. [...] [Former Mississippi State Rep. Clint] Rotenberry fought back tears at times, but also managed a smile while talking about the good times the two had shared. [...] Rotenberry said he and Upshaw had spent the weekend together, first going to her house on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where they enjoyed a leisurely drive along the beach. “It was such a beautiful, relaxing day,” he recalled. They returned to his house Saturday. He said the two woke up Sunday morning and she checked her email and then they watched part of a romantic comedy. Rotenberry said he took a shower, but Upshaw wasn’t in the house when he got out. He found Upshaw’s body in his garage near the open door of her car. [...] Chief McCullum said authorities received a 911 call about 1:20 p.m. to report a suicide at the house [...]

The Sun Herald: There’s been no official ruling on her death, but Mendenhall Police Chief Candy McCullum told the Associated Press it appears a wound from a .40 caliber pistol was self-inflicted. Upshaw, 53, of Diamondhead, was found on the concrete near the garage of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry’s home. Simpson County law enforcement officials didn’t return calls from the Sun Herald on Monday. No charges have been filed in the case.

Rotenberry: “She had this disease. It’s called depression. It was a fight just like you would fight cancer. The passion she fought with for the people she represented, she carried that same passion in her fight with depression. She only knew how to give 110 percent.”

NBC 14: “Rotenberry broke up and became incoherent.”

Watch the complete interview with Rotenberry here

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6 comments to Police still investigating death of Miss. politician — Was watching romantic comedy after trip to beach — “Astounding” that 5 lawmakers have died in office in 5 months — TV airs interview with boyfriend (VIDEO)

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Horrible AUDIO – can't understand a word he said in the video interview posted. I smell a RAT. Stinks of covert ops. 5 dead politicians in 5 months. I'm not talkin about russia or cuba or the niddle east, but right here in the US. WTF. This lady was in charge of 5 BILLION DOLLARS for restoration from the BP mess. Nobody in charge of 5 billion dollars shoots themself in the head. Mucho dirty laundry here. BP and some dirty politicians involved are deep up to their skivies in this muck. HEY BP shills – Tell your bosses to clean up their mess off the floor of the GULF of MEXICO!! 3 foot oil slick on the gulf floor killing and contaminating the gulf supply of sealife and seafood. COREXIT using assholes.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Gulf Seafood Radium Levels; Chernobyl in the Gulf of Mexico; via A Green Road
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  • NavyBrat

    “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy action.” – Ian Fleming


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  • Self-inflicted probably means they grabbed both her hands with the gun wedged in between and pulled the trigger.

    Easy.


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  • irhologram

    Geez. with boyfriends like that! I was a little disturbed to hear her boyfriend said she had a depressive personality. Wait…Her CAR DOOR WAS OPEN! She was shot in the face! Isn't that a bit of a "smear" on the dignity of his loved one, to violate her privacy and release an accusation of emotional instavility to the press…even before ANY evidence was gathered? Geez.


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  • irhologram

    OMG I just watched the Rotten Berry video. Definitely faking his emotional, teary, breakdown…FAKE. This guy is a cheese. If he didn't do it, he knows who did, and the interview was DEFINATELY a contrived agenda. Whose? And she was shot in the face in between their two parked cars in the driveway on a Sunday morning? With her back door open? Scenario…well, it's as good as suicide in the driveway…lol. She's just had a shower. She goes outside to get an apparel item out of the backseat, someone overtakes her, but she tries to run between the two cars for cover, maybe hoping to escape out to the other side. But as she is overtaken she turns and is shot in the face. Or, there are two of them…and as she tries to escape through the cars, she's met on the other side by the second person, whom she didn't see, and is shot in the face.


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