Condemned killer William Van Poyck’s chances of being executed next month for the 1987 murder of a prison guard outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office increased Wednesday, when the Florida Supreme Court rejected his attorney’s contention that he is ill-equipped to handle the complex appeals and should be replaced.
The high court’s decision came hours after Palm Beach County Judge Barry Cohen also refused Jacksonville attorney Gerald Bettman’s motion to withdraw from the case so a more skilled lawyer could be appointed to represent Van Poyck, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection June 12.
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