Shortly before he was executed for the 2010 murder of his ex-wife, David Neal Cox admitted to also murdering his sister-in-law, Felicia Cox, years ago. The Mississippi man said he killed Felicia back in 2007. Officers hope that Cox’s confession will bring some closure to Felicia’s family.
David Neal Cox was executed on Nov. 17 for the murder of his ex-wife, Kim Kirk Cox, and the sexual assault of his stepdaughter. Cox was the first man to be executed in Mississippi in nine years.
According to police sources, Cox confessed to the 2007 murder to his lawyers in October and then waived all rights to attorney-client privilege after he died. His lawyers presented the information to the District Attorney’s Office two days after he was executed. The Mississippi man apparently gave details to where he buried Felicia Cox’s body.
District Attorney John Weddle spoke at a news conference after the confession and said that officers always suspected David Neal Cox for the murder of his sister-in-law, but they could never prove it.
“We would like to stress that locating the remains of Felicia Cox is not a foregone conclusion,” Weddle added. “We are hopeful that the information is accurate and that recovery efforts will be successful so that Felicia’s family may give her a proper burial.”
According to sources, the young woman was last seen in Pontotoc County Mississippi after she went to visit Cox’s estranged wife, Kim, in July 2007. The young woman had just turned 40 before her disappearance and she left behind a teenage daughter, Amber Miskelly.
Miskelly was present at the news conference, and she fought back tears as Weddle talked about her mother’s disappearance and the possibility that a body could be found. The young woman, who was 18 years old when her mother disappeared, was joined by her husband.
Location and cause of death for Felicia Cox have not been released, and officers plan to keep it that way until they discover a body. A team of archaeology and anthropology experts from Mississippi State University are planning on joining the police search just in case any remains are discovered. Officers plan to search Pontotoc County where the 40-year-old was last seen.
According to a statement by Mississippi’s Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, Cox felt “deep remorse,” for killing his sister-in-law and wanted to make sure that her family had closure before he was gone.
David Neal Cox was executed for the 2010 killing of his estranged wife, Kim Cox, and the sexual assault of his stepdaughter, Lindsey Kirk. He pled guilty to the crimes back in 2012 and was given the death penalty.
Police reports said that Cox was responsible for the fatal shooting of his ex-wife, along with other charges. After shooting Kim, Cox sexually assaulted his stepdaughter three times in front of her dying mother. The woman, who was just 12 at the time of the horrific crimes, watched her stepfather be executed last month.
Before his execution, Cox filed paperwork that said he was “worthy of death,” and was able to speed up the process. Kirk said that part of her wished her stepfather had been forced to stick around a little longer.
“When I found out that he was wanting to go ahead and get it over with, I wasn’t really happy about it. Like, I kind of just wanted him to sit there,” Kirk said, “I guess I’m OK with it now.”
Police continue to investigate the case of Felicia Cox and hope that David Neal Cox’s execution confession will help provide answers to the cold case.