Miss. Tea Party Leader Dead In Apparent Suicide

Mississippi Tea Party leader Mark Mayfield was found dead of an apparent suicide at his home, police say.

Miss. Tea Party Leader Dead In Apparent Suicide
The Clarion-Ledger / Rick Guy

A prominent Mississippi Tea Party leader arrested in a political photo scandal back in May was found dead Friday of an apparent suicide.

"The police chief is confirming that the Tea Party-related attorney Mark Mayfield has been found dead of a gunshot wound." (Via MSNBC)

​The Madison County Journal reports one of the county's Tea Party leaders sent a frantic email around 10 a.m. saying Mayfield had taken his own life 10 minutes earlier. The email read: "MARK MAYFIELD HAS COMMITTED SUICIDE TEN MINUTES AGO. SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD IN HIS GARAGE. FAMILY JUST CALLED ME. OH LORD,,,,OH LORD."

Politico reports a woman who answered the phone at Mayfield's home declined to comment, and police have refused to release any details except that they are investigating the death as a suicide.

Fifty-eight-year-old Mayfield was one of three men accused of conspiring with a blogger who was charged with photographing U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's bedridden wife in a nursing home. (Via WLBT)

The Washington Post reports the photos were then used in a political video posted online. Cochran was in the middle of a campaign against Tea Party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel.

Madison County's district attorney told reporters Mayfield's case was scheduled to go before a grand jury in July.