It’s been nearly 26 years to the day since Steve Turner looked down on his fellow Glades Correctional Institution guard and realized he’d been killed by the two men who ambushed their prison transport van outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office.
Wednesday, he hopes to look on while his partner’s convicted killer pays the ultimate price for the crime that has haunted him and the family of Fred Griffis for too long.
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Death row inmates
Following is a list of current inmates sitting on Florida’s death row for crimes commited in Palm Beach County, and how many years they have been on death row.
1. Paul Scott, 57, 33 years
Bludgeoned James Alessi, a Boca Raton florist, with a ceramic vase during a 1978 kidnapping and robbery.
2. Duane Owen, 52, 27 years
Killed 14-year-old baby sitter Karen Slattery in Delray Beach in 1984, raping her and stabbing her 18 times. Two months later, he fatally beat Georgianna Worden, 38, with a hammer as she slept in her Boca Raton home. Her children found her.
3. Jerry Haliburton, 58, 25 years
Stabbed neighbor Donald Bohannon 31 times with a pocket knife during a robbery in West Palm Beach in 1981.
4. Noberto Pietri, 50, 23 years
Shot West Palm Beach motorcycle officer Brian Chappell during a traffic stop in 1988.
5. Leroy Pooler, 65, 17 years
Shot ex-girlfriend Kim Wright Brown five times in 1995 in West Palm Beach as she begged him not to kill her.
6. Carlton Francis, 37, 14 years
Stabbed 66-year-old twin sisters Claire Brunt and Bernice Flegel in 1997 in their West Palm Beach home.
7. Ronald Knight, 44, 17 years
Lured Richard Kunkel to a deserted area near Loxahatchee, then shot him, in 1998; authorities said Knight targeted the waiter because he was gay.
Source: Florida Department of Corrections.
Follow Palm Beach Post courts reporter Jane Musgrave’s coverage on Twitter @pbpcourts beginning at 1 p.m.
Palm Beach Post reporter Jane Musgrave, who has been covering the William Van Poyck case since the death warrant was first issued by Gov. Rick Scott., will be one of four journalists to witness today’s 6 p.m. scheduled execution at Florida State Prison in Starke.