"The world will be relieved of one more monster." Family hopes child killer will not escape death sentence
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A jury said he killed a little girl almost 30 years ago. Wednesday, Frank Atwood was in Federal Court trying to get his death sentence converted to life.
The family of Vicki Lynne Hoskinson will endure at least another hearing in November before the judge rules.
"He seems very relaxed but that's a sociopath for you."
That's Stephanie Hoskinson Brandt's reaction to spending more than two days watching the man found guilty of killing her sister smile and joke with his lawyer while he tried to change his death penalty to life in prison.
Vicki Lynne Hoskinson was murdered almost 30 years ago. She was only eight.
Memories of helping with the search and the pain the case brought to Tucson brought Jan Hooser to Atwood's hearing.
"I do remember him spitting at the police when they handcuffed him.
KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked: "And that image has stuck with you all this time?"
"That image has been with me forever, " Hooser said.
Atwood's current attorneys say if his first lawyer had mentioned Atwood was a victim of child molestation and drug abuse, Atwood might have been sentenced to life, instead of death.
But prosecutors told the judge Atwood's mental health record, would have told the jury Atwood's history as a pedophile too.
Vicki Lynne's father says the stress of the case put him in a wheelchair.
Vicki Lynne's uncle Marvin says the family's tried to be patient for almost 30 years.
"And hopefully this will bring an end to the times."
Vicki Lynne's sister says she knows executing Frank Atwood will not change all the years of grief and loss, but...
"The world will be relieved of one more monster."