JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns' request for a mental evaluation.
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.
The Supreme Court in a 6-2 order on Wednesday said Burns had failed to show any reason why he should have a mental evaluation. Two justices said Burns should be allowed to see a psychologist.
Glenn Swartzfager, director of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, has said an evaluation was 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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