Ashley Henley Wiki – Biography News
Ashley Henley was a former Mississippi lawmaker her body was discovered in the same spot where her sister-in-law was found dead last year, days after the politician vowed to seek justice in the case of her relative.
A former Mississippi congressman was found shot to death over the weekend in a rural area outside the burned-out house where his sister-in-law was found dead after Christmas.
Ashley Henley, 40, was a Republican who served on the state legislature from a district in DeSoto County from January 2016 to January 2020.
The Northern Mississippi Herald was the first to report that Henley’s body was found Sunday night in rural Yalobusha County, about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of DeSoto County.
His body was found outside the house where the body of his sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, was found on December 26. The Herald posted a photo of a homemade sign on the site with photos of Jones, “I’ve been killed. ”
Ashley Henley, former Mississippi state legislator, was shot in the head near where her sister-in-law died – The Washington Post https://t.co/4hyKn35LwZ
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 15, 2021
Yalobusha County coroner Ronnie Stark told the Commercial Appeal on Monday that Henley’s time of death has yet to be determined. Stark told WMC-TV that Henley was mowing the lawn at home before he was killed.
Henley was a teacher before he was elected to the state legislature and would often take his younger son to the state capitol during legislative sessions. He sought a second term in November 2019 and lost to a Democrat by 14 votes. Henley disputed the result, saying he believed he had found irregularities in the voting. A committee in the Republican-controlled House held a hearing and rejected Henley’s petition to overturn the election result.
Dan Eubanks, Republican state Representative of DeSoto County, wrote in a Facebook post Monday that he was heartbroken and angry about Henley’s death.
“What a loss for our state, for our county, for me personally and most importantly for his beloved family,” Eubanks wrote. “Please pray for her husband, son and extended family… and may God’s justice be manifested to those responsible.”
Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera Statement about Ashley Henley
Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera said in a statement that the gunshot was “non-accidental” and they are investigating the case as a homicide.
BREAKING: Former state Rep. Ashley Henley was found dead late Sunday night in Yalobusha County. The case is being investigated as a homicide.https://t.co/lYkUTUhwJI
— Mississippi Today (@MSTODAYnews) June 14, 2021
Henley appeared to have been mowing grass in her lawn near the trailer where the burned body of her sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, was found on 26 December.
Her sister-in-law died in a trailer fire, according to reports. But police said they are looking at the case “with fresh eyes.”
“We are going back to square one (in Jones’s case) after receiving an initial Fire Marshal’s report and lab reports,” Mr Jubera was quoted as saying by Mississippi Today.
The attorney added that the “family has gone through a lot in the last six month” and they would thoroughly investigate the matter.
Ashley Henley is survived by her husband Brandon Henley, and a son.
“Yes it was my wife Ashley Henley that was found murdered in the same place my sister was. She was running a weed eater and was shot in the back of the head according to local authorities,” Henley’s husband wrote on Facebook. “That’s all they have told us at the moment,” he said.
Henley recently expressed her frustrations about her sister-in-law’s case on social media and said she will continue to push for justice in the case.
Representative Dan Eubanks of DeSoto County said he was heartbroken with her death and organised a GoFundMe account to assist her family financially as they have “suffered several financial difficulties over the last few years.”
“What an absolute loss to our state, county, me personally, and most importantly her dear family,” he said on Facebook. “Please pray for her husband and son and their extended family….and that God’s justice will be served on those responsible.”
House Speaker Philip statement about Henley
House Speaker Philip Gunn’s office also released a statement: “We are all shocked and saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ashley’s family and friends.”
Henley, a former teacher, served a four-year term from 2016-2020 in the state House of Representatives but lost her re-election bid in 2019 by 14 votes.
The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department and state agencies are investigating the death of Ashley Henley, a former state representative found dead Sunday. https://t.co/PEQnJSMHG8
— WLBT 3 On Your Side (@WLBT) June 14, 2021
40-year-old Henley and her husband Brandon Henley have transformed the place into a makeshift temple, including an oversized wooden sign that reads “I KILLED” – a visual reminder of the couple’s insistence and claims that Jones was deliberately killed. The police did not take the investigation seriously.
These words, however, soon became eerie harbingers of Henley’s fate.
He was shot Sunday while clearing weeds, police told the North Mississippi Herald. The Yalobusha County coroner confirmed to the Washington Post that his death is being investigated as a murder.