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)

Published: March 25th, 2013 at 1:25 am ET
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*UPDATED HERE*: ABC: Mystery surrounds death of lawmaker shot in head -- Was standing under garage door -- "No one's been arrested" -- Investigation in 'early stages'... following leads

The Clarion-Ledger, March 24, 2013: 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. [...]

CBS News, March 24, 2013: [...] Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the crime scene unit is at a home in Mendenhall, investigating her death. [...] Strain says it does not appear to be a natural death. The Clarion-Ledger reports the lawmaker died from a gunshot wound to the head, citing state Capitol sources. [...]

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Fifth Mississippi lawmaker to die since November

Memphis Commercial Appeal, Feb. 4, 2013: State Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville fourth Mississippi lawmaker to die since November [...] Gardner died of “an apparent heart attack,” said Madison Drake, spokeswoman for Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. [...] Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point died Jan. 13. Two Democratic state senators, Bennie Turner of West Point and Alice Harden of Jackson, died in late 2012. [...]

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