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A Mississippi tea party leader who was facing charges in connection with photos taken of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife was found dead Friday after an apparent suicide, police told local media.

Mark Mayfield was found in his garage with a gunshot wound, according to Mississippi news station WLBT. He was a well known lawyer and vice chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party.

Mayfield was one of three men accused of working with a blogger to post photos of Cochran’s ailing wife in her nursing home on the internet.

On Tuesday, Cochran won a bitter fought primary against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.