The New Hampshire Supreme Court today upheld Michael Addison’s conviction for capital murder of a Manchester police officer but did not pass final judgement on his death sentence, saying additional review is needed, the Concord Monitor reports.

In a 243-page ruling released at 1 p.m., the high court affirmed Addison’s conviction for fatally shooting Officer Michael Briggs in October 2006.

Officer Michael Briggs (Photo: Manchester PD)

Officer Michael Briggs (Photo: Manchester PD)


But the court said it requires additional time and information before ruling on whether the death sentence was a proportional penalty given other, similar cases.

Addison was the first person sentenced to death in New Hampshire for killing a police officer, and would be the first person executed by the state since 1939.

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