Man looking for answers in wife’s murder, sister’s suspicious death

YALOBUSHA COUNTY, Miss. — A Southaven man says he will not stop searching for answers in the deaths of his sister and his wife.

Brandon Henley’s sister Kristina Jones died in a suspicious fire in December. Sunday his wife, former state representative Ashley Henley was shot and killed on the same Yalobusha County property.

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Henley said he is not going away as he tries to find out what happened to his wife and sister. He even called the killer or killers involved cowards.

”You don’t go after women. You don’t go after innocent people. It’s disgusting,” he said. “You took a mother from a 15-year-old boy, a daughter, and another mother and then you’re scared you are going to take someone else from another family,” Henley said.

Henley said he believes his wife was killed because she was pushing for answers in the death of his sister, Kristina Jones.

”They knew that we were applying pressure and they were going to get rid of the pressure, but that is not what is going to happen,” Henley said.

Henley told FOX13 his family is working on funeral arrangements for his wife just six months after the death of his sister. At the same time, he vowed to continue the search for answers in his sister’s death and his wife’s killing.

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”I am not going to go away, and I am going to find you,” Henley said.

The family told FOX13 they have to wait for an autopsy before the funeral plans can be complete.

FOX13 also spoke with one of the prosecutors about the case.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Jubera said both women’s deaths are under investigation by the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. He also spoke about the slow search for answers that is made even slower by results from the crime lab.

The murder of former state representative Ashley Henley comes almost six months after her sister-in-law Kristina Michelle Jones died in a trailer fire on the same property in Yalobusha County.

”Yes it is suspicious, but the final ruling has not come back one way or the other.” Jubera said.

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Jubera said one of the things that have been tough with the case is the slow pace that things have moved. He said lab tests and autopsies have been delayed at the State Crime Lab. That’s a story we first told you about in 2018.

”There is a delay and has been a delay for a long number of years. It’s getting better with the medical examiner’s office. There has been a much shorter time period of about six months. Miss Jones’s autopsy to come back so with the suspicious fire there is testing for possible accelerants. There is a significant delay in getting those results back,” Jubera said.

Family members have been openly critical of Jubera and investigators, saying if Jones’s death had been solved then Henley wouldn’t have been killed. Jubera wasn’t afraid to respond to the criticism.

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”Someone who has lost their sister is hurting, and they want answers as quickly as possible, and they deserve answers as quickly as possible. In his particular case, he has lost his sister and his wife. I can’t imagine the pain he is going through,” Jubera said.