JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Joseph Daniel Burns waited out his appeals Tuesday in a holding cell near the execution chamber at the state penitentiary at Parchman.
Attorneys with Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday to let them pursue another avenue of appeals through the trial court in Lee County.
The attorney general's office was given until late Tuesday to file a response.
The penitentiary was placed on lockdown Tuesday, the usual procedure before an upcoming execution.
Burns was moved to a holding cell on Monday.
Burns, now 42, was convicted in 1996 of the stabbing death of Tupelo motel manager Floyd Melvin McBride two years earlier.
His execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
It would be the third execution this year in Mississippi.
©2010 WLBT. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.