A former GOP legislator was found fatally shot on the same property where her sister-in-law was found dead just a few months ago.
Ashley Henley, 40, who was a Mississippi state representative from 2016 to 2020, was killed over the weekend.
“She died from a gunshot wound. It’s being investigated as a homicide,” Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark said.
Henley’s sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, 33, was found dead inside a burned trailer on the same property on December 26. The cause of the fire still remains under investigation.
An autopsy has been performed on Jones’ body, but Stark’s office is still waiting on the results of the fire marshal’s investigation.
Henley’s body was found just outside the same trailer that her sister-in-law was killed in. A local NBC affiliate reports that she was cutting grass next to the trailer when she was killed. Her husband, Brandon Henley, told the news station that she was shot in the head.
“She was a great person. She had a great heart. She was a voice for people who didn’t have a voice,” Brandon Henley said.
According to reporting by The Washington Post, Jones’ body was found after a fire in a trailer that was owned by her father.
The Henleys were outspoken and openly critical about the investigation into Jones’ death. Brandon Henley has been providing updates on the investigation via Facebook since Jones’ body was found. On April 6, he shared that investigators had ruled that the fire was arson, and had discovered that there was no smoke in Jones’ lungs, which means that she was dead before the fire was set.
Ashley Henley reportedly had an altercation with sheriff’s deputies prior to her death. Henley claims that they had stopped her from taking flowers to a memorial on the property and had tried to intimidate her.