Death Row child killer turned down last meal for weird snacks before execution

A sick child killer on death row who was executed over the murder of an eight-year-old girl almost forty years ago rejected his final meal – and instead chose to gorge on a selection of weird snacks.

Frank Atwood, 66, was killed by lethal injection in Arizona's second execution in less than a month on Wednesday.

The child killer "seemed to accept his fate" and "did not apologise in his last words", according to official witnesses who were present at the execution.

Other reporters claimed it was "very peaceful" and there were "no jerking movements".

Atwood reportedly declined his last meal saying he was fasting, but later accepted a broad selection of snacks instead.

The murderer's final meal consisted of a snack bag of tortilla chips, wheat bread, peanut butter, jelly, salami, mustard and a drink of either water or juice.

Atwood had continued to defend his innocence as his lawyers made multiple failed pleas to have his execution halted.

But US District Judge Michael Liburdi made the decision to go ahead with the execution.

This went against the convict claiming the death penalty would violate his constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment.

His lawyers claimed that Atwood would suffer excruciating suffering if he was strapped to a gurney due to his degenerative spinal condition.

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed Attwood to use a pillow and tilting feature in order to "minimise the pain Plaintiff experiences when he lies on his back".

Protestors and counter-protesters crowded outside the prison on Wednesday as police formed a barricade, AZ Central reported.

Atwood failed to choose between a gas chamber and lethal injection two weeks ago, which led him to die from lethal injection as it is the state's default method.

"The state's insistence on cyanide gas is a cynical choice to force the acceptance of the danger and incompetence of its lethal injection method, at the cost of embracing Nazi methods of mass extermination," Joseph Perkovich, a lawyer for Atwood, said in an email Sunday.

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