State sets execution date for death row inmate, first since 2012

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The first execution in Mississippi of a death row inmate since 2012 will take place on November 17.

The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the claim of convicted murderer David Neal Cox, 50, after previously asking the court to dismiss his appeals, dismiss his lawyer and move forward with his execution. A Union County court this year ruled that Cox had jurisdiction to make such a decision.

Cox murdered his wife, Kim, in May 2010 and was convicted of capital murder in 2012. Cox also pleaded guilty to seven other counts, including kidnapping and sexual violence.

In 2018, Cox wrote a letter to the court saying he would “gladly” kill his wife again and that they had “happily and” premeditated “murdered her. Later that year he again wrote to the court to say that he was seeking “the speedy execution of my guilty body”.

Although no fatal injections have taken place in Mississippi for nearly a decade, the Associated Press reported in August that the state had recently acquired the drug needed to complete the procedure.

There is currently 38 inmates on death row in Mississippi.

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