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US Supreme Court denies stay of execution for Miss death row inmate

Update: PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - US Supreme Court denies stay of execution for Miss death row inmate Joseph Daniel Burns.

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PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi official says the U.S. Supreme Court has asked the state to delay the execution of Joseph Daniel Burns for a short time so justices can review legal arguments.

Corrections Department attorney Leonard Vincent said the high court asked the state to delay the Wednesday execution for "an hour or two" while justices review issues raised by Burns' attorneys, including whether Burns was denied a mental evaluation. Vincent said state officials expect to decide on the delay by 6 p.m.

Burns has been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. for the 1994 robbery and stabbing death of a Tupelo hotel manager. Gov. Haley Barbour denied Burns' request for clemency Wednesday afternoon.

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