N.H. Corrections Chief: Preparations For Addison Execution Underway

Apr 3, 2014

The state’s Corrections Commissioner says his department is preparing to carry out the state’s first execution in more than 70 years.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange this morning, Commissioner William Wrenn says some policies will need to be upgraded if Michael Addison’s death sentence is upheld.

"And we’ve visited a couple states already just to see how they handle it. But it’s going to be new territory essentially for us since it’s been since 1939.”

Addison was sentenced to death for the 2006 murder of Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs.

He is the state’s lone death row inmate.

The Supreme Court upheld Addison’s conviction last year, but more arguments must be held to determine whether the death sentence is valid.

A Senate committee is holding a hearing today on a bill that would repeal the state’s death penalty.

The bill passed the House, but it only pertains to cases moving forward.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign the bill as long as it does not affect Addison’s sentence.