Another Mississippi politician has died under strange circumstances. State Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R-Diamondhead), was found shot to death in the home of a former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry, according to the The Clarion-Ledger. Rep. Jessica Upshaw’s body was found on Sunday with a single gunshot wound to the head at 901 Mangum Drive in Mendenhall. No arrests have been made in her death.
Jessica Upshaw was first elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004. Clint Rotenberry, who is married, served in the same district from 1992 – 2007.
Rep. Jessica Upshaw’s death comes weeks after black openly gay Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian was found murdered. Lawrence Reed was arrested in the homicide.
The investigation into the death of Rep. Jessica Upshaw has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
UPDATE#1: The death of Rep. Jessica Upshaw is being ruled an apparent suicide. It’s unclear why Rep. Upshaw, who was single, would have killed herself at Clint Rotenberry’s home since she lived in Diamondhead. It also isn’t clear whether the two had more than a professional relationship.