Arizona Supreme Court Schedules Execution For Convicted Murderer Frank Atwood

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(Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry)

On Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court issued a warrant of execution for death row inmate Frank Atwood. Atwood’s execution is scheduled for June 8.

In January 2022, Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the Arizona Supreme Court to allow his office to file warrants of execution for Arizona death row inmates Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon.

Atwood murdered 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson in September 1984. Atwood had been convicted in California of lewd and lascivious acts and kidnapping, committed at separate times against two different children. In May 1984, he was paroled from the kidnapping sentence. Atwood came to Tucson in September 1984 in violation of his California parole.

On September 17, 1984, Vicki Lynne was riding her bicycle home after mailing a birthday card to her aunt when Atwood kidnapped and killed her. Atwood left her body in the desert and fled to Texas, where he was later arrested. A hiker found Vicki’s body in the Tucson desert in April 1985.

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