Mississippi man convicted of shooting his ex-wife and sexually assaulting his 12-year-old stepdaughter in front of her mother as she died on Wednesday became the first inmate to be executed in the state in nine years.
David Neal Cox, 50, was sentenced to death in 2012 for the murder of Kim Kirk Cox and assaulting his daughter Lindsey Kirk on three occasions while his mother was bleeding to death at his sister’s house in Sherman, Mississippi, in 2010, according to WVTA-TV in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Cox dropped all his appeals and wrote in court documents that he was “worthy of death”. He died by lethal injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman.
Before his death, he said he wanted to tell his children that he loved them “very much and that I was a good man at one point. Never read anything other than the King James Bible.”
Cox also left a letter related to the 2007 disappearance of his brother’s wife, Felicia Cox, which was not to be posted or read until after her death, WVAT reported. Some members of his family, including his daughter, believe he may have been involved in her disappearance.
Lindsey Kirk said she misses her mother every day. She also said Cox had secretly sexually assaulted her for years, but he said he would “kill us” if she said anything. After finding the courage to tell his mother that he was arrested and received a restraining order. Shortly after being released from prison without trial, he found her at his sister’s house and killed her.
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“Mum was lying on the floor. She was bleeding,” she said of that day. One of his brothers was also trapped inside the house during the attack but survived.
“He’s evil,” added Kim’s father Benny Kirk. He said he spoke to her on the phone as they ran to join her after learning Cox was home. Her daughter said to her, ‘Daddy, I’m dying.’ “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.