Former Miss. state representative Ashley Henley murdered, investigators say

YALOBUSHA COUNTY, Miss. — Former Mississippi state representative Ashley Henley was found dead Sunday night in Yalobusha County. Investigators say she was murdered.

Hensley was found outside a burned trailer on Patricia Drive in the Water Valley Boat Landing Community.

The coroner told FOX13 Henley died from a single gunshot wound. Family said she was shot in the back of the head while mowing the property where her sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, was found dead inside a burned trailer on Dec. 26, 2020.

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Posters of Kristina Michelle Jones dot the property. The weedeater and medical gloves are still there.

State Rep. Steve Hopkins of Southaven was Henley’s friend. He spoke to FOX13 by phone.

“I am thinking the investigation is going to run deep because, from what I understand, goes into another murder investigation as well. And I personally am calling on the FBI to investigate this case,” Hopkins said.

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Hopkins said Henley’s murder absolutely crushes him.

“I am just still in shock,” he said. “I never thought in a million years. The DeSoto delegation, we are running the gambit of emotions. We are just sad for the family and the friends and everybody who knew Ashley because she touched so many lives.”

Henley served in House District 40, which encompasses a portion of Desoto County, from 2016 through 2019.

Ashley and her husband Brandon Henley would have been married 17 years this year. He said he hopes by talking about what happened the family can get answers and justice.

“If something would have been done sooner, my wife wouldn’t be dead, and my son would still have his mother,” Henley said. “They called the police and they found her shot in the back of the head in front of the weedeater with her phone still in her hand.”

Family members said Henley had spent hours researching her sister-in-law’s murder. Investigators will only say that her sister-in-law’s death is under investigation. But family and friends said they believe Henley was killed because she was researching her sister-in-law’s murder.

Henley believes his sister was murdered and believes the same person may have played a part in the killing of his wife.

”We were trying to get justice for my sister to find out who killed her and see that person brought to justice and taken to jail,” he said. “I think that person knew what happened, and killed her.”

Now grieving the death of two family members, Henley said he’s continuing his fight for justice for his sister Kristina, and now also his wife, Ashley.

”She was a great person. She had a great heart. She loved helping people, and she was a voice for people who didn’t have a voice,” he said.

Henley is asking anyone with information to come forward.  

“Do the right thing,” he said.

The Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Henley’s death. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been called in to assist.