“He was the last person to see her alive back in 2007, but, of course, he never confessed to anything,” Mr. Weddle said. “Having something to take to a grand jury back then would have been almost impossible.”
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In May 2010, Mr. Cox fatally shot Kim Kirk Cox, 40, who had separated from him, while she was staying at a sister’s home in Union County, Miss., according to court records. As his estranged wife lay there dying, Mr. Cox repeatedly sexually assaulted his stepdaughter, who was 12, the authorities said.
In 2012, Mr. Cox pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder, three counts of sexual battery, two counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary and one count of firing into a dwelling during the confrontation, which had led to an hourslong standoff with the police.
A jury sentenced him to death later that year, but his execution was delayed as he mounted appeals. Mr. Cox abandoned those appeals in 2018. This fall, the Mississippi Supreme Court found that Mr. Cox had been mentally competent when he waived his rights to an appeal.
In a statement on Monday, Mississippi’s Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, which represented Mr. Cox, said of his confession to killing Felecia Cox, “Mr. Cox felt deep remorse and wanted to bring closure to her family.” The office declined to comment further on Tuesday.