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Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:33 AM

Mississippi State Rep. Jessica Upshaw found dead

Source: CBS News

MENDENHALL, Miss. Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor says state Rep. Jessica Upshaw has died.

Tutor said the Diamondhead Republican died Sunday.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the crime scene unit is at a home in Mendenhall, investigating her death.

Neither Strain nor Tutor would comment about the cause of death. Strain says it does not appear to be a natural death. The Clarion-Ledger reports the lawmaker died from a gunshot wound to the head, citing state Capitol sources.

Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis tells The Clarion-Ledger that she was found at the home of former Mississippi State Rep. Clint Rotenberry, who has not been arrested.

Read more: Link to sourcehttp://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57576043/mississippi-state-rep-jessica-upshaw-found-dead/

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Reply Mississippi State Rep. Jessica Upshaw found dead (Original post)
defacto7 Mar 2013 OP
hrmjustin Mar 2013 #1
iemitsu Mar 2013 #2
lexw Mar 2013 #3
davidpdx Mar 2013 #8
bitchkitty Mar 2013 #26
davidpdx Mar 2013 #28
Kelvin Mace Mar 2013 #9
struggle4progress Mar 2013 #21
struggle4progress Mar 2013 #22
mahina Mar 2013 #4
Ford_Prefect Mar 2013 #5
Kelvin Mace Mar 2013 #10
Aerows Mar 2013 #12
magical thyme Mar 2013 #16
Kelvin Mace Mar 2013 #18
RILib Mar 2013 #20
magical thyme Mar 2013 #24
Beacool Mar 2013 #11
Aerows Mar 2013 #14
judesedit Mar 2013 #6
Aerows Mar 2013 #13
graham4anything Mar 2013 #7
OneMoreDemocrat Mar 2013 #15
Paul E Ester Mar 2013 #17
Isoldeblue Mar 2013 #19
SleeplessinSoCal Mar 2013 #23
Ford_Prefect Mar 2013 #25
dembotoz Mar 2013 #27

Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:37 AM

1. That is the second one in MS.

I remember hearing a mayor or a mayoral candidate was killed in MS a few weeks ago.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 01:54 AM

3. It sounds like a hit to me.

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Response to lexw (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:01 AM

8. Just to let the person alerting and the person who was alerted on know, I was juror #2

REASON FOR ALERT:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.

ALERTER'S COMMENTS:

Baseless conspiracy craziness.

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:56 PM, and the Jury voted 2-4 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Pure speculation but not worthy of hiding.
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: While it is conspiracy-ish, it really is just someone giving their opinion. I don't believe this quite falls under "Don't go overboard with the crazy talk" in the TOS. If the person said something beyond this, I might agree with your reasoning.
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: just random "internets chatter"
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #8)

Tue Mar 26, 2013, 09:34 AM

26. Are you talking about Post #2?

Because if you are, the alert system is broken. Your post says that 4 jurors voted to LEAVE IT ALONE, but the post says that a jury voted 4-2 to HIDE IT.

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Response to bitchkitty (Reply #26)

Wed Mar 27, 2013, 03:31 AM

28. Nope, #3

The one I replied to was alerted and the jury decision was 2-4 to leave it.

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Response to lexw (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:40 AM

9. Just curious

What is your evidence for such a conclusion?

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Response to lexw (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:20 PM

21. ... Rep. Jessica Upshaw, 53, is believed to have killed herself, police said. No arrests

Rep. Jessica Upshaw, 53, is believed to have killed herself, police said. No arrests have been made. “It appeared she had a gunshot wound to her head; it appeared to be self inflicted,” Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis told ABC News affiliate WLOX-TV ...

Mystery Surrounds Death of Mississippi Lawmaker, Jessica Upshaw
Mar 25, 2013 12:42pm
By Russell Goldman

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Response to lexw (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:23 PM

22. Clint Rotenberry said Dist. 95 Rep. Jessica Upshaw had been fighting a battle with depression

for some time prior to her suicide on Sunday ... “She and I did have a relationship for years, and that relationship continues,” he said. He described Upshaw as a woman of courage and character, and someone who did not back down to political pressure ...

Rotenberry: Upshaw's story should be 'about her life'
Mar. 25, 2013 5:35 PM
Written by Therese Apel

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 05:24 AM

4. Sorry to hear of this.

What is wrong with people, my god.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:35 AM

5. The Full story reads oddly. No comment on locating a gun or of powder traces on her hand.

Full Story here : http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130324/NEWS/303240070/Miss-Rep-Jessica-Upshaw-found-dead-former-legislator-s-home?nclick_check=1

Why does an apparently happy 53 year old grandmother kill herself? Why does a Republican state legislator involved in Natural Resources take her own life? Why do it in a friend's home? Why is Conservative Coalition Republican Clint Rotenberry not discussing the case? Why was she at his home 30 miles east of the Capitol rather than at her home in Diamondhead 110 miles away? Where was Rotenberry at the time? Who found her and when?

see also: http://news.msn.com/us/police-investigate-death-of-mississippi-state-legislator

Foul Play? Depression? Reaction to a diagnosis of fatal disease? Convenient death in the path of the XL-Pipeline? Love Affair gone bad? Debts at the Casino? Alzheimer's? Sour Tea Party? Bad Karma come home to roost?

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 08:42 AM

10. If I had to bet

I would pick "love affair gone bad".

Of all the choices, it meets the criteria for the simplest explanation.

Of course, actual information is almost non-existent at the moment.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:15 AM

12. I would concur

That's what it sounds like to me, too.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:53 AM

16. I'm 59 and single. It does not fit "love affair gone bad" to me

By the time you're that age, you've had many love affairs gone bad. A single grandmother with successful career doesn't seem likely to kill herself over any man. She already knows there either will be another, or that she'd prefer none. And she had much to live for.

Unless you mean she was murdered by lover.

My first gut response was a disgruntled teaparty-type. Even a hit seems more likely to me. But that's just me.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 01:48 PM

18. Well by "gone bad"

I am including murder as a possibility.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #16)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 06:05 PM

20. magical thyme: Jean Harris, age 57

 

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Response to RILib (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:59 PM

24. murder I can buy

not suicide. Suicide doesn't make sense to me.

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 09:59 AM

11. The whole thing sounds weird.

Her colleagues are saying how much she enjoyed being a grandmother. How she looked forward to her summer vacations with her daughter (the daughter and husband are engineers living in So. Korea). How when she returned from those vacations she couldn't wait to regale her friends with stories from the trip. Why would someone who appeared happy kill herself?

Did she and Rotenberry have an affair and it ended badly? It is very unusual for a person to go to someone else's home to kill themselves.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:18 AM

14. Unless

they are fooling around with that person and something goes sour.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:10 AM

6. She was probably going to expose someone or something

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Response to judesedit (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:17 AM

13. Doubtful

She's a Mississippi Republican. The pretty much wrote the book on looking the other way if they aren't corrupt themselves. Since she was at the guy's house, I'm going with "love affair turned sour".

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:11 AM

7. W/O knowing any other detail- It's Another day, another bullet death, another gun death

 

the madness and insanity of the gun and the bullet continues unabated in America until it finally stop.

How many more will die from private citizens with guns?
10?
100?
1000?
10000?
1million?
10 million?
100 million?
1 billion?

Who shall be the last to die from a private citizen and a bullet and a gun?

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 10:19 AM

15. I hope you've copied and pasted that...

 

Seems like typing it all out it on every gun-related thread would get tiring.

Guns, bad...got it. EVERYONE gets it. Jeez.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 12:36 PM

17. Upshaw is the fifth Mississippi lawmaker to die in the last few months

 

Joe Gardner of Batesville, died last month of a heart attack at the age of 68. Democratic Rep. David Gibbs, of West Point, died January 13.

Two Democratic state senators, Bennie Turner, of West Point, and Alice Harden, of Jackson, died in late 2012.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298608/Jessica-Upshaw-Politician-shot-death-home-lawmaker-Clint-Rotenberry.html

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 01:55 PM

19. I'm curious to see if fracking in MS, is a factor in this tragedy

There are so many unanswered questions and the whole story has a real stench to it. Her connection to Rotenberry (what a name for a politician!) will be a key factor.
Anyway, considering that Upshaw, a former attorney, was chairwoman of the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives is why I bring the fracking up. There is so much controversy over it in MS (nationwide too), currently. But I'm sure that republicans will bend over backwards, to tamp this story down, whatever the reason were for her death.

http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20130315/OPINION02/303150308/Mississippi-Fracking
Already in Mississippi, the counties of Amite, Wilkinson, and Adams have active fracking wells, but there is little regulation. Ray Lewis, an environmental administrator with the Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board, said companies are not required to inform us of what chemicals are being used in the fracking fluid. According to Gaslands, there are over 500 chemicals in fracking fluid, many of them known to be highly toxic. Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board needs to allow adequate un-biased studies to be performed and create strict regulations for any company that wishes to drill in our state.

Another article and info:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Mississippi_and_fracking

In 2011, Devon Energy and EnCana began drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning the central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi counties of Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Franklin, Pike, and Walthall, for a total of 2.7 million acres (the term “play” refers to a geographic area targeted for exploration).

In February 2012, Amite County said it will study oil shale and shale gas development in southwest Mississippi. It will focus on Tuscaloosa Shale production in Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties - a large formation covering central Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi that oil companies have been working at for months. Pike County Economic Development District executive director Britt Herrin says there are hundreds of wells that could be drilled.

On March 21, 2012, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant unveiled plans to incorporate natural gas as a "priority" in a new statewide energy policy that he is developing along with local business leaders, including Clean Energy Fuels' T. Boone Pickens. Clean Energy Fuels plans to build a station in Pearl before 2014, absorbing the $2 million start-up cost while promoting state and commercial vehicles run on natural gas - which the company would supply. Bryant said other businesses have shown interest in building stations in Harrison and Jackson counties.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:48 PM

23. Always delightful, freepers' point of view . . .

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2013, 07:41 AM

25. Details on the scene released...and Rotenberry says that they dated and explains she was depressed

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Tue Mar 26, 2013, 01:46 PM

27. the 2nd amendment insures the right of depressed to have access to a way to kill themselves

it is why a recovering drug addict should not keep drugs around the house

or why I as someone who no longer smokes cigarettes would never keep a pack in the drawer for
memory sake

the temptation is there
the means is there

a depressed person who has easy access to a gun is at more of a risk to use it than a depressed person who does not have
access to a gun


like duh

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