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N.H. Supreme Court Upholds Addison Conviction, Will Review Death Penalty


The state Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Michael Addison, but says it will need further review before ruling on his death sentence.

In a 243-page ruling released this afternoon, the justices unanimously affirmed Addison’s conviction for fatally shooting Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006.

The justices said they found no reversible error with regard to Addison’s appeal of his conviction.

However, the justices said they need additional briefing and oral argument regarding the quote-comparative proportionality before issuing a final ruling on Addison’s death sentence.

Addison was convicted in November 2008, and sentenced to death a month later.

If Addison’s sentence were upheld, he would be the first person executed in New Hampshire since 1939.

State of N.H. vs. Michael Addison