In what is expected to be his last chance to avoid death by lethal injection, condemned prison guard killer William Van Poyck on Monday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes it will stay his execution scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Florida State Prison.
Pointing out society’s growing disenchantment with the death penalty, Van Poyck’s lawyers urged the nation’s highest court to use his case to limit the use of the ultimate punishment. In the past 30 years, the high court has outlawed the death penalty for juveniles, the mentally retarded and rapists, they wrote.
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Jane Musgrave, a veteran reporter of Florida’s courts and legal system, has been covering the William Van Poyck case since the death warrant was first issued by Gov. Rick Scott. She will be one of three journalists to witness the scheduled execution on Wednesday at Florida State Prison in Starke.