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Death row inmate seeks mental evaluation

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.

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