Former Mississippi state Rep. Ashley Henley was found dead on Sunday night in Yalobusha County and it was in the same spot where a relative was killed months earlier.
A coroner told FOX13 that Henley died from a single gunshot wound, and family said she was shot in the back of the head.
Henley was found outside a burned trailer on Patricia Drive in Yalobusha County, Mississippi. It was the same trailer where her sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones was found dead inside on Dec. 26, according to FOX13.
The Mississippi Free Press reported that, according to Assistant District Attorney Steve Jubera, investigators believe Henley “was outside the burned trailer cutting grass when she was murdered.”
Henley was a Republican who served her DeSoto County district from 2016 to 2020, the Mississippi Free Press reported.
Ashley’s husband Brandon Henley talked to FOX13 about the murder.
“If something would have been done sooner, my wife wouldn’t be dead, and my son would still have his mother,” he said. “They called the police and they found her shot in the back of the head in front of the weedeater with her phone still in her hand.”
Family members said Ashley Henley was very involved in trying to investigate the death of her sister-in-law, according to FOX13.
They think Henley was killed because of her research into Jones' death, which officials believed to be a murder.
”We were trying to get justice for my sister to find out who killed her and see that person brought to justice and taken to jail,” Brandon Henley said to FOX13. “I think that person knew what happened, and killed her.”
State Rep. Steve Hopkins was Henley’s friend, and he told FOX13 that he is personally calling the FBI to investigate the case.
”She was a great person,” Ashley’s husband told FOX13. “She had a great heart. She loved helping people, and she was a voice for people who didn’t have a voice.”