September 23, 1981
Lakeland, Florida
Phillip Alexander Atkins kidnaps 6-year-old Antonio “Tony” Castillo, rapes him, then beats the boy to death with a lead pipe

Atkins was one of Castillo’s neighbor. He lured the boy into his car before driving to a secured area where he raped Castillo. Castillo threatened to tell police and his family about the sexual assault, prompting Atkins to hit the first-grader over the head with a metal pipe at least 30 times then dumped the child’s body on a dirt road where he was found by a passer-by found Castillo and rushed him to the hospital where he died from his injuries 2 hours later.

Atkins was executed by electrocution on December 5, 1995.


(Article from the Lakeland Ledger, August 10, 1987)

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