Atwood had been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts and kidnapping an 8-year-old boy in California. In May 1984, he was paroled from the kidnapping sentence. Atwood came to Tucson in September 1984 in violation of his California parole. On September 17, 8-year-old Vicky Lynn Hoskinson was riding her bicycle home from mailing a letter. Atwood kidnapped the girl and killed her. He left her body in the desert and fled to Texas, where he was apprehended. Vicky's body was not found until April 1985.
Presiding Judge: John Hawkins
Prosecutor: John Davis
Start of Trial: January 19, 1987
Verdict: March 26, 1987
Sentencing: May 8, 1987
Prior conviction punishable by life imprisonment
None sufficient to call for leniency
State v. Atwood, 171 Ariz. 576, 832 P.2d 593 (1992).