Setting the stage for a possible stay of execution for condemned prison guard killer William Van Poyck, all three attorneys appointed to represent the 58-year told the Florida Supreme Court this afternoon that they want off the case.
In separate motions, the attorneys, who were appointed Monday by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Charles Burton, said there is no way they can provide the vigorous defense Van Poyck deserves before June 12. That is the day he is to die for the 1987 murder of Glades Correctional Institution guard Fred Griffis outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office during a botched attempt to free a convicted murderer. Burton gave them until 3 p.m. Friday to file Van Poyck’s appeal.
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