UPDATE: Death row inmate in Lee County case denied mental evaluation

JACKSON — 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.

The Associated Press