Neighbor charged in trailer fire that killed murdered Mississippi state rep's relative, cops say

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Jun. 21 2021, Published 4:24 p.m. ET

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Days after a former Mississippi state representative was murdered, police say they made an arrest in connection to a fire that killed the rep's sister-in-law.

Family has said they believed the killed representative was looking into her relative's killing.

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Billy Brooks has been charged with arson in the case, but not for the murder of Kristina Michelle Jones, according to FOX13. Jones was found dead near a trailer in Yalobusha County, Mississippi on Dec. 26.

It's the same spot where on June 13, Ashley Henley was shot and killed, FrontPageDetectives previously reported.

FOX13 reported that Brooks is Jones’ neighbor and lived across the street.

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According to the Mississippi Free Press, Assistant District Attorney Steve Jubera said investigators believe Henley “was outside the burned trailer cutting grass when she was murdered.”

Before her death, Henley was advocating for Jones, and she and other family members believed that other relatives weren’t doing enough to solve the case.

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Family suspected the same person might be responsible for the deaths of both Jones and Henley, but the prosecutor has not yet brought additional charges.

Brooks is being held in the Yalobusha County Detention Center and officials have not said if he is a suspect in the representative's killing.

The investigation into both deaths continues.

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