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Former Mississippi lawmaker found shot to death outside home where her sister-in-law's body was discovered

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Former Mississippi state Rep. Ashley Henley. Rogelio V. Solis/AP
  • Ex-Rep. Ashley Henley of DeSoto County was shot and killed Sunday while mowing the grass outside a Mississippi home.

  • The body of Henley's sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, had been discovered there in December.

  • Henley had been vocal about investigating Jones' death, criticizing efforts by authorities.

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A former Mississippi state legislator was found fatally shot outside the fire-ravaged trailer home where her sister-in-law's body had been found late last year, reports said.

Ex-Rep. Ashley Henley of DeSoto County was shot and killed Sunday while mowing the grass outside the home in Water Valley, Mississippi Today reported.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera confirmed the former Republican lawmaker had been shot and described the shooting as "non-accidental," according to the news outlet. No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Henley, 40, was shot outside the burned-out trailer where her sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones' body had been discovered on Dec. 27, Mississippi Today reported.

Henley had been vocal about Jones' death, criticizing the investigation by authorities and vowing to get justice in social media posts, according to the Mississippi Free Press.

"I know the law, and I also know how quick people disappear down here," Henley wrote in a Facebook post. "I'm not going down like that."

Jones' death is still being investigated by authorities.

"We are going back to square one [on Jones' case] after receiving an initial Fire Marshal's report and lab reports," Jubera said, according to Mississippi Today. "We are looking at that with fresh eyes."

Jubera described Henley as a "nice lady" who he had met previously.

"That family has gone through a lot in the last six months," Jubera said, according to Mississippi Today. "We will investigate this as thoroughly as possible - do everything possible to get it right."

Henley served in the state House from January 2016 to January 2020.

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