Mayfield case had not been presented to a grand jury
Police issue statement detailing apparent suicide
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:24 AM
The case of a Ridgeland attorney charged with conspiracy in connection with a political scandal and who committed suicide Friday morning, according to the authorities, had not been presented to a grand jury, District Attorney Michael Guest said.
Meanwhile, Ridgeland Police issued a release this afternoon detailing the death of the man, Mississippi tea party lader Mark Mayfield, 57, who lived in the Bridgewater subdivision west of I-55.
The release said:
"A 911 call was received at Ridgeland Police Department communications center from 109 Cherry Laurel Lane (Bridgewater Subdivision) from a female who stated to the communications officers that her husband had just shot himself. Officers from the Ridgeland Police Department arrived on scene at 0907 hours (9:07 am) where they were directed by this female to a storage room located inside the garage of the residence. Upon the officers entry into the storage room, a Caucasian/White male was located lying on the floor with a single gunshot wound on his head. This subject was determined to be deceased at the scene as a result of this gunshot. Officers who responded also located a large caliber revolver with the body. The death is classified as a death investigation-pending, due to a awaiting autopsy to be performed at an undetermined time. Initial investigation at the scene by investigators with the Ridgeland Police Department did not reveal any indication of foul play and the death is currently under investigation. The only person at the residence at the time of the gunshot has been identified as Robin Mayfield, spouse of the deceased."
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 U.S. Sen. 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.
He is survived also by two grown sons, Owen and William.