Death of Choctaw Activist Rexdale Henry in a Mississippi County Jail Prompts Independent Autopsy


Rexdale W. Henry

Rexdale W. Henry

PHILADELPHIA, MISSISSIPPI– The death of Rexdale W. Henry, a 53-year-old Choctaw activist, who died while being held  in a county jail is under investigation by the Mississippi Bureua of Investigation.

Henry died on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from unspecified causes was found in a cell at the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi. At the time of his death, Henry was incarcerated for failure to pay a fine. He was found dead in his cell on the morning of July 14 about 10:00 a.m. He was last seen alive around 9:30 a.m. that morning.

The Mississippi state crime lab performed an autospy and an independent one is being conducted to determine the cause of his death. The independent autospy is being paid for by an anonymous donor.

Henry was a respected tribal citizen who was considered a medicine man and coached stickball.  Just a week before his death, Henry had been a candidate for the Tribal Council for the June 9 election of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Nation, based in Choctaw, Mississippi.

His family wants answers into why and how Henry died while being jailed. They maintain Henry was healthy at the time of his arrest.

According to family supporters, the results of the independent autsospy will be released once they are received.










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