A 70-year-old Lake Worth woman who made state history in 1994 by becoming the first person to marry a death row inmate is now at the epicenter of efforts to save the life of condemned prison guard killer William Van Poyck.
In one of a series of motions Van Poyck’s attorneys filed Friday to block his scheduled June 12 execution, Wanda Valdes swears her late husband told her that he, not Van Poyck, killed Glades Correctional Institution guard Fred Griffis in a botched 1987 attempt to free a convicted murderer outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office.
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