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William Van Poyck, Death Row Inmate, Denied Stay Of Execution

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Ann Howard, spokesperson for the Florida Department of Corrections, speaks with the media Wednesday, June 12, 2013 prior to the execution of William Van Poyck. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for Van Poyck, who orchestrated the 1987 ambush murder of prison guard Fred Griffis. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin) | AP

STARKE, Fla. — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for a Florida inmate who orchestrated the 1987 ambush murder of a prison guard, then published three books and maintained a blog while on death row.

William Van Poyck (pronounced poyk) is set to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Florida State Prison for the murder of prison guard Fred Griffis. His case garnered international attention because Van Poyck went on to write books.

The 58-year-old Van Poyck declined a final meal and visited Wednesday with his sister, four friends and a spiritual adviser.

Van Poyck and Frank Valdes ambushed a prison van outside a West Palm Beach doctor's office in a failed attempt to free their friend, James O'Brien. Griffis was fatally shot.

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