Tea party official in senator photo controversy found dead

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Updated: 6/27 1:27 pm

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a tea party official, who was recently arrested after photos were taken of U.S. Sen Thad Cochran's ill wife, was found dead on Friday morning following an apparent suicide, police said.

Ridgeland Police said the body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday at his home in a gated community outside Jackson. Police said Mayfield had been shot, and a suicide note was found.

Mayfield and three other men were arrested last month to face various charges of conspiring to photograph Rose Cochran in the nursing home, where she has lived since 2001 with dementia.

The photos were later used briefly in an anti-Cochran political video that was posted briefly online during the Republican primary.

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