Attorney Mark Mayfield, the vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party and one of the men charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife, has been found dead.
The Associated Press is reporting that Mayfield’s body was found Friday morning at his home in a gated community outside Jackson.
Mayfield had been shot, and a suicide note was found.
Mayfield was one of three men arrested in May on felony charges he conspired to take photos of Cochran’s wife, Rose, who is bedridden in a nursing home in Madison, Miss., suffering from dementia.
Mayfield was charged in the photo scandal along with Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28, a conservative blogger from Pearl, Miss.; Richard Sager, a Laurel elementary school P.E. teacher and high school soccer coach; and Hattiesburg resident John Mary.
While Mayfield and Kelly were supporters of McDaniel, McDaniel has maintained that he had nothing to do with the photos taken of Rose Cochran.
The Cochran camp to tried to capitalize politically on the scandal which seemed about as opportunistic and soulless as you can get, especially given that they’ve known about the photos since April and they made a stink about it days away from a primary election.
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