Board of Directors rejects clemency request from Arizona death row inmate | app

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Clemency Board has declined to recommend to Governor Doug Ducey that the death sentence of a man convicted of the 1984 kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old girl be reduced to a lesser sentence, rejecting his claims that he is innocent of the crimes.

Tuesday’s decision by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency at Florence State Prison marks one of the final steps before Frank Atwood’s execution in the 1984 murder of Vicki Hoskinson. Atwood is due June 8 with an injection of pentobarbital.

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