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US Supreme Court denies stay for Burns

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PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for Mississippi death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns. Burns had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. for the 1994 robbery and stabbing death of a Tupelo hotel manager.

The high court asked the state Wednesday afternoon to delay the execution for "an hour or two" while justices reviewed issues raised by Burns' attorneys, including whether Burns was denied a mental evaluation. State officials agreed to the delay.

Less than a half hour after the originally scheduled time, the stay was denied.

As soon as the denial was announced, witnesses began to be escorted to the execution site.

Gov. Haley Barbour denied Burns' request for clemency Wednesday afternoon.

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