Death row inmate denied appeal

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A convicted child killer is one step closer to lethal injection.

Frank Jarvis Atwood lost another appeal as he continued his more than 30-year fight to avoid the death penalty.

He was convicted of the 1984 murder of an 8-year-old girl from Tucson, Vickie Lynn Hoskinson.

Today, the U.S. ninth circuit court of appeals denied Atwood's appeal.

If the circuit denies a rehearing, Atwood's last change depends on whether the supreme court agrees to hear his case.

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