- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

MADISON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Mississippi say they have arrested two more suspects, including a tea party official, in the investigation of photos taken of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says Mark Mayfield, a member of the board of the Central Mississippi Tea Party, and Richard Sager of Laurel were arrested Thursday.

Conservative blogger Clayton Thomas Kelly, 28 of Pearl, was arrested last week on allegations that he took the photos of Rose Cochran without her permission at the nursing home where she’s lived for 13 years.

Kelly is charged with exploitation, filming without permission and conspiracy.

Sager is charged with evidence tampering and conspiracy.

Mayfield is charged with conspiracy.

All appeared in Madison City Court Thursday.

Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell says the campaign had no immediate comment about the new arrests.

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