By Isabel Matos
Madison Journal Reported: Ridgeland attorney and Mississippi tea party leader Mark Mayfield died this morning of an apparent suicide, Ridgeland Police said. The cause of death is a gunshot wound to the head, but other details had not been released, the police said.
Madison County tea party leader Pat Bruce sent out an e-mail about 9:40 a.m. saying Mayfield had killed himself 10 minutes earlier in his garage.
Bruce wrote, “MARK MAYFIELD HAS COMMITTED SUICIDE TEN MINUTES AGO. SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD IN HIS GARAGE. FAMILY JUST CALLED ME. OH LORD,,,,OH LORD.”
Mayfield served as vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party and was arrested for conspiring with Clayton Kelly to take photos of Thad Cochran’s infirmed wife at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison.
Mayfield was given a $250,000 bond at his initial hearing and posted a $25,000 cash bond.
Politico expanded on the news (I do not agree with they were too eager to claim Cochran defeated McDaniel in the primary on Tuesday), reporting:
Grant Sowell, a leader of the Tupelo Tea Party who has known Mayfield about five years said he sort of “got cut off from the world” after the arrest. He shut down his Facebook and was upset that the whole scandal might hurt McDaniel’s chances.
Sowell said he called Mayfield a few days after the arrest to encourage him with some scripture, and Mayfield warned him that the phones could be tapped.
“He said, ‘I’m not guilty of anything,’ but … it gave people a paranoid feeling,” said Sowell.
“Nobody should have died over this,” he added. “It’s just an election. I’m heartbroken by it … I wish I’d reached out more.”