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Murderer executed in Mississippi for first time since 2012

16:01, 18 November 2021
Murderer executed in Mississippi for first time since 2012

David Neal Cox who was found guilty of murdering his wife and sexually assaulting her 12-year-old daughter was executed Wednesday. It made him the first inmate who was put to death in the state since 2012.

Cox was pronounced dead on Wednesday after receiving a mixture of three chemicals -- midazolam, vecuronium bromide, and potassium chloride, the Mississippi Department of Corrections (DOC) reported.

"He died peacefully and without incident. I've never seen an execution go smoother," the Mississippi Commissioner of Corrections Burl Cain said in a press release.

According to the justice, Cox shot his wife Kim on May 14, 2020, and let her slowly bleed to death without calling an ambulance or asking for help. In addition, he sexually assaulted the child three times in front of her.

"I want to tell my children that I love them very, very much and that I was a good man at one time, and only read the King James [version] of the Bible, and I appreciate the Commissioner for being so kind to me. That's all I got to say," Cox said his final words before the execution.

Mississippi is one of several states that have attempted to obtain the drugs needed to carry out executions with lethal drugs after pharmaceutical companies started to ban the use of their products in executions.

The state authority said it had acquired the drugs needed to resume lethal injections, but denied to explain how they got the drugs for the death penalty.