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The Rose Cochran Photo Scandal: Charges Filed Against Madison Officers by Mayfield Widow

RIDGELAND, Miss.–When attorney Mark Mayfield committed suicide in June, three Madison police officers showed up at his Ridgeland home, out of their jurisdiction. Now Mayfield’s widow says they trespassed and has filed charges.

Chuck Harrison, Vickie Currie and Dean Scott are the ones she said were in her home in the hours after her husband’s suicide.

Mayfield released a statement this week, saying she believed they were there to take advantage of the situation.

“They began snooping around my garage, looking for any morsel to take back with them to Madison to use in their politically-motivated prosecution, while my husband lay dead and while I was standing in the rain in my driveway,” she said.

Mayfield was charged with conspiracy in the incident where photos were taken of long-time Sen. Thad Cochran’s bed-ridden wife at St. Catherine’s Village, a nursing home in Madison. Blogger Clayton Kelly has been indicted on breaking and entering charges.

Mayfield, Tea Party leader, got the harshest bond, $250,000. He committed suicide June 27.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, the candidate the Tea Party was backing, has claimed he had no knowledge of the incident and was not involved.

As for the trespassing charges, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler released a statement saying the city’s officers would not be involved with anything illegal.

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