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Prison guard killer William Van Poyck executed by state for deadly 1987 ambush

By Jane Musgrave - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Lying on an execution gurney, his arms outstretched, his body covered by a white sheet, William Van Poyck uttered his last words: “Set me free.”

Roughly 20 minutes later – 7:24 p.m. Wednesday to be precise — he was declared dead by a white-coated physician who put his stethoscope to Van Poyck’s chest three times to make sure a lethal cocktail of drugs had done its job and his heart had stopped beating.

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