On Wednesday, November 17, Mississippi carried out its first execution since 2012.
The prisoner put to death was David Cox, 50, Unilad reports.
The convict was sentenced to death after holding his estranged wife Kim and their two children and his stepdaughter hostage for over eight hours. In the midst of a standoff with police, he shot his wife in the stomach and sexually assaulted his stepdaughter three times as Kim was dying.
Mississippi is set to carry out its first execution since 2012. David Cox, 50, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman for the death of his wife Kim Coxhttps://t.co/ZKN0Fdngw9 pic.twitter.com/A5Y9ly6bEf
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The harrowing incident took place in 2010. Cox pleaded guilty to eight charges, including capital murder in 2012.
In 2018, the captive dismissed his attorneys and dropped his appeals. At the time, he stated he deserved the death penalty, as per Reuters.
After Cox’s execution, it was revealed he had left a mystery letter believed to be shedding a light on the disappearance of his sister-in-law.
Felicia Cox, a mother of two, went missing on July 2, 2007. When inquired about her disappearance, corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said the convict had mentioned that someone had a letter written by him exposing the mystery. According to Cox’s plan, the unidentified person was told to put the note in the post after his death.
Amber Miskelly, Felicia’s daughter, is convinced Cox has something to do with her mother’s disappearance. As per WTVA, she claims David was “literally the last person with her when she was alive.”
Unfortunately, Felicia may never know what had happened to her mother, as Cox has reportedly refused to cooperate with officials regarding her inexplicable vanishing. Meanwhile, she has expressed outrage over the news that Cox’s execution had been moved up. Initially, it was supposed to take place next year.
“I thought I had more time to try to figure out — or at least contact David myself or something.”
David Cox was pronounced dead at 6:12 pm central time at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.
Some of Cox's last words, according to Cain: "I want to tell my children that I love them very, very much and that I was a good man at one time."
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His final words were:
“I want to tell my children that I love them very, very much and that I was a good man at one time. Don’t ever read anything but the King James Bible. I want to thank the commissioner for being so very kind to me. And that’s all I got to say.”