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Miss. state Rep. Jessica Upshaw found dead
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ^ | Mar. 25, 2013 | The Associated Press

Posted on 03/25/2013 6:23:36 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

Rep. Jessica Upshaw slideshow MENDENHALL — State Rep. Jessica Upshaw, an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 53.

Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis told WLOX-TV that Upshaw was found at a home in Mendenhall, about 30 miles southeast of Jackson.

"It appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head; it appeared to be self-inflicted," he said.

Lewis told The Clarion-Ledger she was found at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry. He has not been arrested and did not answer his phone.

Upshaw, a Republican from Diamondhead along the state's coast, died about 110 miles from her hometown.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was investigating, said spokesman Warren Strain. He would say only that the death did not appear to be natural. Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor also would not comment on the cause of death.

The sheriff did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.

"I have known Jessica for many years as an unselfish and dedicated public servant," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "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."

Upshaw was the fifth legislator to die in as many months. The other four — two representatives and two senators — died of natural causes.

"Once again this session, the House has been touched by tragedy," House Speaker Philip Gunn said in a statement. "Rep. Jessica Upshaw was an outstanding legislator and friend. She was one of the brightest and most competent members of the House."

Upshaw graduated from the University of Mississippi and its law school. She had represented Hancock and Harrison counties since 2004, according to her biography on the Legislature's website.

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1 posted on 03/25/2013 6:23:36 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

Okay, what interest did she threaten?


2 posted on 03/25/2013 6:27:47 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: EXCH54FE

Republican?

How many self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head was that??


3 posted on 03/25/2013 6:30:03 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Army Air Corps

I don’t know but 110 miles from home and in the house of an ex lawmaker? Hmmmmmmmm.


4 posted on 03/25/2013 6:31:03 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: PeteB570

We need Monk on the case.


5 posted on 03/25/2013 6:34:53 AM PDT by discipler (How's that 'hope and change' working for 'ya? - RL)
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To: Hardraade

Yes a conservative Rep.

Representative Upshaw is affiliated with the Colonial Dames, DAR, Orange Grove/Lyman Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Mississippi Legislative Conservative Coalition and American Legislative Exchange Council.

Representative Upshaw was born August 31, 1959 in Meridian, Mississippi and is single. She is of the Methodist faith


6 posted on 03/25/2013 6:38:02 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Army Air Corps
Okay, what interest did she threaten?

Single woman, state representative, drives two hours north from her town to take her own life at the home of a married former work colleague.

Sounds personal to me, not political.

7 posted on 03/25/2013 6:41:39 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: EXCH54FE

It’s rare for a woman to exit herself with a gun. She meant business; not a disguised plea for help.


8 posted on 03/25/2013 6:48:07 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: wideawake

True enough.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 6:50:23 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
“what interest did she threaten?”

AGENDA 21

More information here at this site.

http://cleowaller.blogspot.com/2013/03/obama-had-rep-jessica-upshaw-killed.html?spref=tw

10 posted on 03/25/2013 6:56:04 AM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Vet !!)
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To: EXCH54FE

Except for the mystery of why she was at a former legislator’s house, I would suspect that she had just been diagnosed as having a terminal illness.


11 posted on 03/25/2013 6:57:01 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: discipler
"We need Monk on the case."

Be sure to supply him with Sierra Springs water and handiwipes.

Because its dirty out there!

12 posted on 03/25/2013 7:02:59 AM PDT by hummingbird
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To: discipler

“””We need Monk on the case.”””

I was just about to post the exact same thing. I kid you not.

However, I did see him make a critical mistake in an episode awhile ago. He said the wall paper was not level.He made quite a scene because the wallpaper was not LEVEL.

Wallpaper is never hung level, it is hung PLUMB. A stickler like Monk should have known that.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 7:07:06 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: EXCH54FE

That looks more like she was a supporter of Agenda 21, not a threat to it. It says she killed the anti-Agenda 21 bill.


14 posted on 03/25/2013 7:14:32 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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15 posted on 03/25/2013 7:23:54 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Army Air Corps

She was in the middle of Legislation to stop Agenda 21 in MS.

I am not sure how this plays into her death but here is a blog trying to make a connection:

OBAMA HAD REP JESSICA UPSHAW KILLED JUST LIKE THE FED JUDGE SHE WAS TRY IN TO STOP AGENDA 21

http://cleowaller.blogspot.com/2013/03/obama-had-rep-jessica-upshaw-killed.html?spref=tw

The link on the page does not work, but I looked at the source code and this link works.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2012/pdf/history/HB/HB0801.xml


16 posted on 03/25/2013 8:19:21 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: PeteB570

Yes, and the wife has a phone number at a different address from the X-representative.


17 posted on 03/25/2013 8:20:13 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: BykrBayb

Yes, but was she threatened in order to get her to kill the bill, or bought off. Both are possibilities.


18 posted on 03/25/2013 8:22:13 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: EXCH54FE

“It appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head; it appeared to be self-inflicted,” he said.

“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was investigating, said spokesman Warren Strain. He would say only that the death did not appear to be natural”.

Well, that seals it pretty good, Sheriff.


19 posted on 03/25/2013 8:26:56 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: Texas Fossil

But Rotenberry also used to represent her same district, Diamondhead. Worth noting!


20 posted on 03/25/2013 8:54:33 AM PDT by browniexyz
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