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Ayotte, Prosecutor in Capital Murder Case, Angered by Death Penalty Repeal

Allegra Boverman for NHPR


Former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she is disappointed and angry that New Hampshire has abolished its death penalty.

As the state's attorney general, Ayotte was the lead prosecutor in the case of Michael Addison, who killed Manchester Officer Michael Briggs in 2006 and is the state's only inmate on death row.

While the bill ending capital punishment is not retroactive, its opponents argue Addison eventually will see his sentence converted to life on prison.

The state Senate voted to overturn Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of the bill on Thursday, a week after the House did the same. In a series of tweets, Ayotte says law enforcement officers and their families deserve better than what they got from lawmakers, and that Addison was the happiest about the vote.


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