As convicted murderer William Van Poyck makes his final five-week push to avoid his June 12 date with death, he finds himself without lawyers capable of handling the typical last-minute flurry of appeals.
In what death penalty experts say is an unusual situation, two attorneys who have represented Van Poyck for years for free now say they have neither the time nor the resources to continue to do so. The 58-year-old is sentenced to die for the 1987 killing of prison guard Fred Griffis outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office.
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