Mississippi Tea Party Leader Dead Of Apparent Suicide
A tea party official charged in the break-in blogger case has committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, according to the authorities.
Mark Mayfield, vice-chariman of the Mississippi Tea Party, was arrested in May by the Madison Police Department and charged with conspiracy in the case involving a video taken without permission of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest told WAPT Mayfield’s case was set to go before a grand jury in July.
Mark Mayfield of Ridgeland, a real estate attorney and state and local tea party leader, was arrested last month along with Richard Sager, a Laurel elementary school P.E. teacher and high school soccer coach. Police said they also charged John Beachman Mary of Hattiesburg, but he was not taken into custody because of “extensive medical conditions.” All face felony conspiracy charges. Sager also was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and Mary faces two conspiracy counts, the Clarion Ledger reports.