David Neal Cox: Mississippi carries out first execution since 2012 of man who pleaded guilty to murder and sexual assault

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David Neal Cox was pronounced useless at 6:12 p.m. after a mix of three chemical compounds — midazolam, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride — was injected into his left arm, in response to the Mississippi Department of Corrections (DOC).

Cox had pleaded responsible to homicide, sexual assault and different expenses, and requested a sentencing jury, which sentenced him to demise for the capital homicide conviction in 2012, in response to court docket data.

“He died peacefully and with out incident. I’ve by no means seen an execution go smoother,” mentioned Mississippi Commissioner of Corrections Burl Cain in a press launch.

Given an opportunity to say his remaining phrases, the DOC reported Cox mentioned, “I wish to inform my youngsters that I really like them very, very a lot, and that I used to be a very good man at one time, and solely learn the King James [version] of the Bible, and I recognize the Commissioner for being so variety to me. That is all I bought to say.”

Cox was the state’s first execution since 2012, in response to the DOC. Six had been carried out that 12 months.

Mississippi is one of several states which have struggled to acquire the medicine wanted to hold out deadly injections after pharmaceutical firms started barring the usage of their merchandise in executions.
In 2010, European drug producers began banning exports to the US of medication utilized in deadly injections and in 2016, Pfizer strengthened controls to forestall its merchandise from being utilized in executions.
Mississippi presently faces a federal lawsuit over the constitutionality of its execution course of, in response to the Death Penalty Information Center. In a July court filing within the case, the state mentioned it had acquired the medicine wanted to renew deadly injections, however declined to say how they had been obtained.

Court docket paperwork element Cox’s crimes

In line with court docket paperwork, Cox separated from his spouse Kim in 2009 and spent 9 months in jail earlier than posting bond after her daughter, who was a minor, informed her that Cox had raped her.

“Cox overtly blamed Kim for his incarceration, stating that he would kill her as soon as launched,” a court docket doc mentioned.

Kim Cox's daughter shows childhood photographs of herself and her late mother on November 13, 2021, in New Albany, Mississippi.

Kim and her youngsters moved in with Kim’s sister, Kristie Salmon, in response to court docket paperwork, however inside weeks of being launched on bond, Cox purchased a handgun and on Might 14, 2010, shot his method into Salmon’s home, a court docket doc mentioned.

“Cox shot Kim at about 7 p.m. and let her slowly bleed to demise over the course of the evening as she repeatedly begged for assist,” the court docket doc mentioned. As well as, he sexually assaulted the 12-year-old youngster thrice in entrance of her, it mentioned.

A SWAT crew went in and took Cox into custody simply earlier than 3:30 a.m., in response to court docket data.

Cox requested justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court docket to hold out his sentence after telling his legal professionals to file no extra appeals, in response to the DOC.

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