Arizona executes Frank Atwood in murder of Vicki Lynne Hoskinson

The state of Arizona executed Frank Atwood by deadly injection Wednesday on the state jail in Florence. Atwood, 66, was sentenced in 1987 for the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old woman in Pima County, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson. 

Atwood was the the second man put to loss of life by the state after the botched 2014 execution of Joseph Wood led to courtroom motion that resulted in a seven-year moratorium. 

“Today marks final justice for our daughter Vicki Lynne. Our family has waited 37 years, eight months and 22 days for this day to come,” Debbie Carlson, Vicki Lynne’s mom, stated whereas choking again tears throughout the media briefing following the execution. “Vicki was a vibrant little girl with an infectious laugh and a smile that would melt your heart.”

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