Van Poyck Executed for Murder of South Florida Corrections Officer
Published June 13th, 2013
RAIFORD, FL - A convicted murderer was executed at the Florida State Prison near Starke on Wednesday for killing a South Florida corrections officer.
William Van Poyck, 58, was executed by lethal injection after he was convicted of shooting and killing Fred Griffis more than two decades ago.
Back in 1987, Van Poyck was attempting to free an inmate who was being transferred to a South Florida medical center for a health screening. Van Poyck and another man, Frank Valdes, were both were armed with guns when they ambushed the van carrying the inmate.
In the process, Griffis, who was helping to transport the inmate, was shot and killed.
Now, nearly 26 years later, Van Poyck was put to death, something that Griffis' family says took way too long.
Following the start of the execution shortly after 7 p.m., Van Poyck was pronounced dead at 7:24 p.m.
This was the second execution by the state in as many weeks. It's part of an effort by Gov. Rick Scott to speed up the state's execution process.
The next execution is scheduled for June 24.
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