According to news sources, Mark Mayfield of the Mississippi Tea Party has committed suicide. From the Clarion Ledger:

Sources have confirmed that attorney Mark Mayfield has died of an apparent suicide.

Mayfield, vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, and is one of the three men charged with conspiring with Clayton Kelly to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife in her nursing home and create a political video against Cochran.

Mark Mayfield of Ridgeland, an attorney and state and local tea party leader, was arrested last month along with Richard Sager, a Laurel elementary school P.E. teacher and high school soccer coach. Police said they also charged John Beachman Mary of Hattiesburg, but he was not taken into custody because of “extensive medical conditions.” All face felony conspiracy charges. Sager also was charged with felony tampering with evidence, and Mary faces two conspiracy counts.

The arrest of Mayfield, well-known in political, business and legal circles, caused shock in Mississippi, in a criminal case and election that already had Mississippi in the national spotlight.

Governor Phil Bryant said, “Deborah and are saddened to hear of the loss of Mark Mayfield. He was a long-time friend, and he will be missed. Our prayers go out to his family in this tragic moment.”





  • Carl Jones Sr.


  • donedronemebro

    very sad, my belief is mental illness is really the thing that causes suicide, and it’s no ones business to politicize this or to blame Cochran’s win.. Obviously he had more going on than just the campaign issues…for prayers for his family & friends

  • Harry

    “Mental illness” and “tea party leader” in the same sentence? I’m not surprised- at all- one can’t live without the other.