UPDATE: Court deadline missed by death row inmate from Lee County case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a July 21 execution date for death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns.

The order came Wednesday, a day after Burns’ attorneys missed a deadline to oppose the attorney general’s request to set the execution date.

Glenn Swartzfager, director of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the deadline was intentionally missed.

Swartzfager says other efforts will be made to try to save Burns from execution. He declined to discuss them, saying only a clemency request will be filed with the governor as will a motion with the Mississippi Supreme Court requesting a mental evaluation of Burns.

Burns, now 42, was sentenced to death in Lee County for the 1994 robbery and murder of a motel clerk.

The Associated Press

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