/ Modified jun 8, 2022 10:38 a.m.

Arizona executes inmate for 1984 killing of 8-year-old girl

The execution is the second this year was the second after a nearly eight-year hiatus.

Frank Atwood Frank Atwood
State of Arizona

An Arizona man convicted in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl was put to death in the state’s second execution since officials started carrying out the death penalty this year after a nearly eight-year hiatus.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Frank Atwood died Wednesday by lethal injection for killing Vicki Hoskinson, whose body was found in the desert.

She went missing after leaving her Tucson home to drop a birthday card in a mailbox.

The execution of Clarence Dixon last month ended Arizona’s halt to executions that was blamed on the difficulty of obtaining lethal injection drugs and criticism that a 2014 execution in the state was botched.

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