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Mississippi lawmaker found dead

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March 29, 2013


By Axel Spaeh

JACKSON, Mississippi: Mississippi State Representative Jessica Upshaw was found dead Sunday, March 24 at the house of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry. Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis told reporters "it appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head. It appeared to be self-inflicted."[1]

Rep. Upshaw was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004 where she represented District 95 until her death. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released a statement saying "I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant. This is a tragic loss for her family and all Mississippians, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time."[2]

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