Jan 15, 2015 6:55 PM

State Supreme Court considers intent in Michael Addison case


CONCORD - Michael Addison's appellate attorney cited other cases as part of their argument why he should be taken off death row.

"There is a pattern of jury verdicts not only given the absence and purpose to kill but looking at other similar cases," said Appellate Attorney David Rothstein.

One element of the case is intent. In New Hampshire, a person can be convicted of capital murder if prosecutors prove a person knowingly killed someone.

"In almost all those other states the defendant has to be found to have purposely killed their victim,"said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Strelzin. "So that seperates those states from this state so that makes it different and that's what the parties are wrestling with and what the court is wrestling with."

Addison was convicted of killing Manchester police offficer Michael Briggs, shooting him in the head as Briggs approached him in 2006.

"It was weird going back to work. I know it sounds kind of selfish his family lost him but from my point of view it was difficult," said Manchester Police Officer Nate Linstad.

A few officers were among those in the courtroom for today's review also awaiting the court's decision.

"Whether it's life or whether it's death I will be at peace with whatever the decision is the state of New Hampshire comes up with," said Manchester Assistant Police Chief Nick Willard.

"Our court's never ruled on this issue so for that reason it is precedent setting," Strelzin said.


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