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Mississippi inmate David Neal Cox is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Check here throughout the day for live coverage of the day’s events.

Cox, 50, would be 51 on November 30.

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4 p.m .: Social media focus on Julius Jones execution in Oklahoma

As social media sites talk about Cox’s planned execution, another execution, slated for Thursday, takes center stage.

Oklahoma is on the verge of executing Julius Jones, despite convincing evidence that he may be innocent of the murder he was convicted of in 1999.

On November 1, the Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board voted 3-1 to recommend leniency for Julius Jones. They recommended that Jones’ death sentence be commuted to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Fans are hoping Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will grant a last-minute suspension in the Jones case.

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3 p.m .: Cox asked for execution to be expedited, commissioner said

Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner Burl Cain said Cox’s execution was scheduled because he was seeking death and ended the appeal process.

“One thing that got this one going was that he wanted execution,” Cain said of how quickly Cox’s planned execution went.

Click here read Cox’s full letter filed with the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The commissioner said he did not know when or even if another execution would be scheduled in the near future.

A second media briefing will begin at 4:45 p.m., just over an hour before the deadly drugs are administered in the scheduled execution of David Neal Cox.

Cain apologized to media representatives for the heat in the briefing area.

“I didn’t realize the air conditioning was off,” he said.

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2:00 p.m .: Last meal announced; the commissioner describes Cox’s mood

Cox’s last meal was announced during the first press briefing before his execution. Mississippi Department of Corrections commissioner Burl Cain said Cox would have fried catfish, fries, cornbread and banana pudding for his last meal.

Cain said Cox is calm and “upbeat and that Parchman has taken care of his needs.

“He asked a lot of questions,” he said. “He did a little (to express remorse for his crimes) this afternoon. I think he qualified it better by saying ‘I haven’t always been that bad.'”

Cox has not opened up about the 2007 disappearance of his sister-in-law, Felicia Cox, something Felicia Cox’s daughter, Amber Miskelly, had hoped for.

Cain said Cox has a spiritual advisor and two witnesses. Parents neither.

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This is Cain’s first execution as a prison commissioner in Mississippi, but he oversaw seven executions while serving as warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

“That’s what our job description calls for and that’s exactly what we do,” he said.

The state is following the same procedure it had when it was last executed in 2012, Cain said.

“It’s a good protocol,” he said.

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1:15 p.m .: No complications to be expected during the execution

Mississippi Prison officials say they do not anticipate any complications from Cox’s execution, even though they do plan to use midazolam, the same sedative used in the Oct. 28 execution of John Marion Grant. , 60, in Oklahoma.

After receiving an injection of midazolam, the first of three drugs used in the lethal injections, Grant began to have seizures and vomit, reported The Oklahoman.

“It won’t happen here,” said Leo Honeycutt, assistant deputy commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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Midazolam is the latest drug under review as more death penalty drugs become unavailable, pulled from sale to prisons by manufacturers who do not want their products associated with execution.

Mississippi previously used the compound pentobarbital, another drug that has come under scrutiny for causing extreme pain.

MDOC communications staff are setting up a media room at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where reporters will receive briefings ahead of the planned execution of David Neal Cox.

12:30 p.m .: Media arrival, preparations continue

Outside the Parchman gateways, the sun is beating down and strong winds are picking up, blowing land over the flat lands of the delta.

Inside the prison there is a stark contrast. Journalists are gathered in a visitors’ area about 100 meters from the main gates of Parchman. There are no exterior windows and the atmosphere is stifling and hot.

Mississippi Department of Corrections communications staff are setting up a preparation zone for the media briefings, the first of which will begin at 2 p.m.

Death sentence: Opponents speak out against scheduled execution of David Neal Cox

11:30 am: the petitioners ask for an end to the execution

An online petition from a human and civil rights group to abolish the federal death penalty has collected nearly 5,000 signatures to end the execution of David Neal Cox.

Death Penalty Action’s petition includes a letter to Governor Tate Reeves to stop the execution. Wednesday morning at 11 am, the petition had collected 4,625 signatures, it would take 1,775 more to reach the target of 6,400.

Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national organization mobilizing Catholics and everyone to end the death penalty, also urged residents to message Reeves online to express their opposition to the execution. The web page states that the Catholic Church teaches that the death penalty is unacceptable and “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”.

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Opponents of the death penalty spoke out on Tuesday

Opponents of the death penalty have spoken out against Cox’s planned execution.

Religious leaders and many civil and human rights organizations spoke out against the state-imposed death penalty on Tuesday, calling it immoral and illegal.

Representatives from the Catholic Dioceses of Jackson and Biloxi and the United Methodist Church have issued or read statements saying the death penalty goes against the teachings of their churches.

Leaders with Death Penalty Action, an organization leading the campaign to end the federal death penalty, has traveled statewide to raise awareness that Mississippi has not staged an execution since 2012.

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Lea Campbell of the Mississippi Rising Coalition, a multiracial, multigenerational coalition of Mississippi residents committed to advancing human rights and racial and economic justice, said the death penalty does not deter crime, but rather perpetuates violence and degradation of the value of human life.

In contrast, Governor Tate Reeves and Attorney General Lynn Fitch said they would not oppose Cox’s execution.

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David Cox pleaded guilty to the 2010 murder of his ex-wife Kim Kirk Cox

David Cox and his then-wife Kim Cox separated in 2009 after Kim Cox’s daughter, who was underage, said David Cox sexually assaulted her, court documents show. Kim Cox reported the incident to the police, which led to the arrest of David Cox.

On May 14, 2010, David Cox purchased a handgun and two additional magazines, according to court documents. He went to his sister-in-law’s home, where Kim Cox and her three children lived, two of them with David Cox.

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David Cox shot in the house. Her sister-in-law and one of her children ran away and called for help. David Cox held the others hostage for over eight hours.

He shot his ex-wife in the stomach and sexually assaulted his stepdaughter in front of Kim Cox as she died.

David Cox pleaded guilty in 2012 to eight counts, including capital murder, sexual assault and battery and kidnapping. A jury sentenced him unanimously to death for capital murder and 185 years on the other counts.

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In 2015, an appeal attempt failed and in 2016 his lawyers sought post-conviction redress for Cox based on new evidence, they said.

In 2018, Cox stayed all further appeals and asked the court to set an execution date. Mississippi has set a November 17 execution date for Cox in October.

Clarion Ledger reporters Mina Corpuz, Sarah Haselhorst and Gabriela Szymanowska contributed to this story.

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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Live Coverage: Mississippi to Execute David Cox for Murdering Wife

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