MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – The defense has rested its case in the Michael Addison capital murder trial, after calling five witnesses, all police officers.

After instructions on Monday, the jury will begin deliberating.

Addison’s lawyers admit he shot Officer Michael Briggs two years ago, but say the shot was reckless, not intentional, and that he should not be convicted of capital murder.

Addison’s lawyers rested their case after only about two hours of testimony Thursday and Friday.

Their defense focused on a witness report that Addison made a phone call the day after the shooting in which he bragged about what he had done.

Defense lawyers questioned several officers in an effort to point out there is no evidence the phone call was made.

If the jury finds Addison guilty of capital murder, the case will move into an eligibility phase to determine if he is eligible to receive the death penalty.

Jurors heard evidence for 15 days.

Addison shot Briggs in the head in Oct. 2006 in a Manchester alley as the officer tried to stop Addison as he investigated an earlier incident in which shots were fired.


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