AG withdraws request for inmate execution date

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi attorney general’s office on Tuesday withdrew its request that the state Supreme Court reset the execution date for Joseph Daniel Burns.

Earlier this month, Hood asked the Mississippi court to set Burns’ execution for May 12. After that request was filed, Burns filed an appeal of his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Burns was sentenced to death for the slaying of Tupelo motel manager Floyd Melvin McBride at the Town House Motel. Prosecutors say Burns stabbed McBride while an accomplice opened the motel safe, then the two men then fled with money from the safe.

In 2001, the Supreme Court ordered a Lee County judge to hear arguments from Burns attacking how his defense was handled. The judge rejected Burns’ post-conviction claims, and the Supreme Court upheld that decision in 2004.