Barbour denies clemency for death row inmate

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - A spokesman says Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has denied clemency for Mississippi death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns.

Burns' last hope for a reprieve is a request filed with the U.S. Supreme Court just hours before his execution scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Mississippi Supreme Court earlier denied Burns' request to halt the execution.

Burns, now 42, was convicted in 1996 in the 1994 stabbing death of Tupelo motel manager Floyd Melvin McBride. The Mississippi court said it found no evidence to support Burns' claims that his lawyers "failed him" during sentencing. Glenn S. Swartzfager with the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel did not immediately respond Wednesday to a message.

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