Death row inmate seeks mental evaluation

Published 2:24 pm Thursday, July 8, 2010

Attorneys for death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns have filed a motion with the Mississippi Supreme Court seeking a mental evaluation for him.

A July 21 execution date has been set for Burns, who was sentenced to death in Lee County for the 1994 robbery and murder of a motel clerk.

In the motion filed by Glenn Swartzfager, director of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, an evaluation is sought for Burns to be used in his clemency proceedings and any other court action that might be filed in his case.

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The state Supreme Court has given the state Attorney General’s Office until Thursday to respond.