Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the execution of Frank Atwood Wednesday morning. The execution reportedly took place at 10:16 a.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence.
Brnovich, a vocal proponent of capital punishment in the state, announced in January he would be fast-tracking the execution of Atwood and the May execution of Clarence Dixon, the state’s first execution in eight years.
“To an innocent child whose life was brutally taken and a family that has had to endure decades of suffering, Arizonans will never forget,” Brnovich said in a press release. “Today, we remember Vicki Lynne and stand together with her loved ones and the Tucson community as their unwavering quest for justice is finally realized.”
Atwood was handed a death sentence for the kidnapping and killing of an 8-year-old Pima County girl in 1984. He had been in prison since his first-degree murder conviction in 1987.