On Nov. 17 at 6:12 p.m., 50-year-old David Cox Neal became the first person in nine years to die by execution in the state of Mississippi.
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After he confessed to the murder of his wife and sexual assault of his young stepdaughter in 2010, he was given a deadly shot at the Mississippi State Penitentiary on November 17.
“Cox shot his wife Kim Kirk Cox in the stomach and then sexually assaulted his stepdaughter Lindsey Kirk (who was 12 at the time) as her mother died,” WAPT reported.
He pleaded guilty to the heinous crime. In a statement released on behalf of Governor Tate Reeves, the execution was imminent — Cox himself requested it, saying he was “worthy of death.”
“The governor has reviewed the facts of this case and there is no question that David Cox committed these horrific crimes,” the statement released by press secretary Bailey Martin read.
“Mr. Cox has admitted his guilt on multiple occasions and has been found competent by both the Circuit Court and Mississippi Supreme Court. Further, Mr. Cox himself filed a motion requesting that all appeals are dismissed and his execution date be set. In light of this, the Governor has no intention at this time of granting clemency or delaying this execution.”
“The Attorney General’s Office has the responsibility of ensuring the faithful performance of the laws of the state, which have culminated in the Supreme Court’s order of this execution,” read another statement released by Michelle Williams, Chief of staff for Attorney General Lynn Fitch.
“Beyond that, out of respect for the families of the victims and the condemned, we will not comment.”
Lindsey Kirk, now 23, and other family members witnessed the execution.
According to the Post, Cox addressed his children in his final words.
“I want my children to know that I love them very much and that I was a good man at one time,” Cox reportedly said. He thanked the state corrections commissioner for being kind to him and advised, “Don’t ever read anything but the King James Bible.”
His lawyer stated that on his deathbed, Cox admitted something really horrifying and tragic.
“Cox, who had long been considered a suspect in the disappearance of his sister-in-law, Felicia Cox, admitted to her murder, too, directing authorities to a place where they would allegedly find her remains.
“We would like to stress that locating the remains of Felicia Cox is not a foregone conclusion,” DA John Weddle said.
“We are hopeful that the information is accurate and that recovery efforts will be successful so that Felicia’s family may give her a proper burial.”