Ex-DA Young says he didn’t know about Cox’s threats

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Former District Attorney Johnny Young says his office didn’t know anything about threats to Kim Kirk Cox by her husband.
David Cox murdered his wife in 2010 just a couple of weeks after he bonded out of the Pontotoc County Jail.
He recently was sentenced to death for her murder and other crimes associated with a fatal trailer standoff in Sherman.
In a recent Daily Journal article about events leading up to Kim’s death, her father, Bennie Kirk of Myrtle, said he blamed Young’s office for not telling the judge about his son-in-law’s threats to kill Kim.
Young’s then-assistant, Larry Baker, declined to speak about the case as the article was being written.
In early April 2010, a circuit judge reduced David Cox’s bond after a grand jury failed to indict him on sexual assault charges associated with a minor female. That left him facing indictment only for child endangerment and possessing ingredients for meth.
“What he said implies that we knew about the threats,” Young told the Daily Journal last week. “I knew of no threats made by this defendant prior to his bond hearing.
“I knew none prior to this lady’s death,” he said.
The Daily Journal called Young’s Corinth home Oct. 10 for a response to Kirk’s statements, but no machine or person answered.
Young was defeated last fall in his quest for a ninth term as district attorney. Bennie Kirk said his daughter’s death was one reason Young lost votes in Pontotoc County.
“If someone had told me about one threat,” Young noted, “I would have had him arrested immediately. I can’t act on something I didn’t know about.
“I wish someone would have told us – we could have done more.”
Kim Kirk Cox’s death brought about change, anyway.
The Mississippi Legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring domestic abuse information to be kept in a registry, which judges must check before setting or reducing a defendant’s bond.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com