Death row prisoner Frank Atwood requests execution by nitrogen gas

Death row prisoner Frank Atwood is requesting the state execute him within the gas chamber, however with nitrogen gas, versus the cyanide specified within the Arizona Department of Corrections protocols.

Atwood is scheduled to be executed on June 8. He was sentenced to dying in Pima County in 1987 for the homicide of an 8-year-old lady, Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.

Because Atwood’s crimes occurred earlier than the gas chamber was outlawed in Arizona in 1992, he has a alternative between dying by deadly gas or deadly injection.

On background:Who is Frank Atwood? What to learn about Arizona’s subsequent scheduled execution

Vicki Lynne Hoskinson played her final softball season in the summer of 1984.

State regulation requires that Atwood select a technique of execution 20 days previous to the execution, which leaves Atwood’s deadline to decide on as 12:01 a.m. on May 20.

If Atwood doesn’t make a alternative, then the default technique for use by the state is deadly injection.

Atwood’s attorneys have argued each strategies would result in a “torturous” quantity of ache, and subsequently neither are constitutional. They say Atwood is in a wheelchair and suffers from a spinal situation that might trigger him “the maximum level of pain the human brain can process” if he have been strapped to a gurney for deadly injection, pointing to the prolonged quantity of time it takes the Arizona execution groups to insert IVs into dying row prisoners.

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