William Van Poyck: Florida Supreme Court says his execution can go forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court says the execution of a man who killed a prison guard in 1987 can go forward.

The court denied an appeal Tuesday and said that William Van Poyck's June 12 execution will not be delayed.

In June 1987, Van Poyck and co-defendant Frank Valdes ambushed two guards who were taking inmate James O'Brien in a prison van to a doctor's office in West Palm Beach. Corrections officer Fred Griffis died after being shot three times.

Valdes was beaten to death at Florida State Prison in 1999.

Van Poyck's lawyers argued that they weren't familiar enough with his case to adequately represent him in any final appeals and sought to withdraw from the case. The court rejected the requests.

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