Death row killer executed after violating daughter in front of dying wife

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A death row killer has been executed after kidnapping his wife and two children, shooting the wife and sexually assaulting one of the children in front of her as she died.

David Neal Cox, 50, died by lethal injection at Mississippi State Penitentiary, US, at 6.12pm on Wednesday local time.

It was the first execution carried out in Mississippi in nine years.

In 2009 his estranged wife Kim Cox told police that he had sexually assaulted her daughter from a previous relationship. The former truck driver spent nine months behind bars before being released on bond.

On May 14 2010 Cox stormed his sister-in-law's Mississippi home with a gun where Kim, their two children and his stepdaughter lived.

He took his wife and two of the children hostage for eight hours and, during a standoff with police, shot his wife in the stomach and arm.

He also sexually assaulted his stepdaughter three times in front of his wife as she died.

Cox denied medical treatment to his wife during the standoff, with court documents showing that she begged hostage negotiators for her life.

After police eventually arrested him, Cox pleaded guilty to eight charges including capital murder. In 2012 a jury sentenced him to death.

Burl Cain, commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, revealed the killer's bizarre last meal at an earlier conference.

Cox ate fried catfish and cornmeal with sides of chips and coleslaw. He finished the meal off with a banana pudding.

Cain also said that the killer had shown some remorse.

He said: "He talked about closure to the victims, particularly to his sons, because, you know, for taking their mom and so forth. That's a good thing. He's pretty normal at this time.

"He did a little bit [show remorse] this afternoon… I think he qualified it best when he said 'I wasn't always that bad.’"

Cox had previously petitioned the Mississippi Supreme Court to ask that his lawyers, who were seeking to halt his execution, be removed from the case and all appeals on his behalf to be halted.

In a 2018 letter to the court’s chief justice, he wrote that he was "a guilty man worthy of death."

After the execution Cain revealed what Cox said in his final moments.

According to Cain he said: "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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