Republican Lawmaker Shot Dead

  • Ashley Henley, 40, was shot in the head during the weekend in a rural area
  • She was found outside the burned home where her sister-in-law Kristina Jones’s body was found in a burnt out trailer in December
  • Ashley Henley and her husband Brandon have been campaigning for police to treat Jones’s death as homicide
  • Brandon Henley believes the same person has killed both his sister and his wife

A former Mississippi lawmaker was found shot dead outside the burned home where her sister-in-law was found dead after Christmas.

Ashley Henley, a Republican who served in the state House from January 2016 to January 2020 from a district in DeSoto County, is believed to have been cutting the lawn outside the trailer when she was shot in the back of the head.

The 40-year-old’s sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones was found dead in a burnt out trailer at the property in rural Yalobusha County, about 70 miles south of DeSoto County, in December last year, and Henley and her husband Brandon were convinced she was murdered.

Henley was at the property – where the couple have erected a large sign with pictures of Jones picture saying ‘I was Murdered’ as part of their campaign – on Sunday when she was killed.

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Her body was found at about 10pm. She leaves behind a 15-year-old son.

Police have not formally linked the two deaths but Brandon Henley said he believed his sister and wife may have been killed by the same person.


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