First execution in Mississippi since 2012 taking place tonight

After nearly a decade, the state of Mississippi will carry out an execution tonight.

At 6 p.m. 50-year-old David Cox will be put to death by lethal injection. Among other charges, Cox was convicted of capital murder for the 2010 murder of his wife, Kim Cox, and the sexual assault of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Mississippi has not executed an inmate since 2012, when a lawsuit was filed calling into question the drugs used to render the prisoner unconscious before being put to death.

In August, Mississippi was found to have the drugs needed to resume executions.

Cox waived his appeals in 2018, asking to be put to death, which will make him the 18th Mississippi inmate executed by lethal injection.

Abe Bonowitz, who is part of the national organization Death Penalty Action, made the trip to the capital where he and many others have gathered in protest of Mississippi resuming executions. “There are people who deserve whatever they get coming. There are people who have done terrible things. The question is whether we can trust government to get it right.”

Bonowitz and Mississippi Rising Coalition will come together for a vigil tonight.

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