Mississippi flags to be lowered honoring Rep. Upshaw

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered a period of mourning March 30 to honor the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw.

Upshaw, a Republican from Diamondhead who was born in Okolona, was found dead Sunday outside the home of former Rep. Clint Rotenberry, of Mendenhall, on March 24. Authorities say she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head but autopsy results are pending.

Bryant issued an executive order Thursday ordering state flags on Mississippi buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday.

In the document, Bryant called Upshaw a respected member of the Legislature and a dedicated public servant. He said the prayers of the state are with her family and friends.

Upshaw was 53 and had served in the Legislature since 2004.