Prison chief: Mississippi preps for 1st execution since 2012


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prison employees will conduct once-a-week rehearsals as the state prepares for its first execution since 2012, Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain says.

Cain told The Associated Press on Friday that the rehearsals for a lethal injection are usually done once a month at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, following a protocol that’s about 20 pages long.

“Very, very detailed,” Cain said.

The Mississippi Supreme on Thursday set a Nov. 17 execution date for David Neal Cox, who pleaded guilty in 2012 to killing his wife, Kim, in 2010 in the northern Mississippi town of Shannon. Cox withdrew his appeals and once filed court papers calling himself “worthy of death.” Mississippi has not had an execution since 2012, and it had six that year.


This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows David Neal Cox. The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a Nov. 17, 2021, execution date for an inmate who withdrew his appeals. David Neal Cox pleaded guilty in September 2012 to shooting his wife Kim in May 2010 in the town of Shannon, sexually assaulting her daughter in front of her, and watching Kim Cox die as police negotiators and relatives pleaded for her life. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)
This undated photo provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows David Neal Cox. The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a Nov. 17, 2021, execution date for an inmate who withdrew his appeals. David Neal Cox pleaded guilty in September 2012 to shooting his wife Kim in May 2010 in the town of Shannon, sexually assaulting her daughter in front of her, and watching Kim Cox die as police negotiators and relatives pleaded for her life. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

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Burl Cain, Superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Corrections delivers his agency's budget request before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Burl Cain, Superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Corrections delivers his agency’s budget request before a meeting of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)



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