By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff
Friday, Apr. 27, 2007
MANCHESTER – The accused murderer of a Manchester police officer now is charged with committing a second armed hold up in the days preceding the patrolman's murder.
Michael K. Addison, 27, robbed a customer inside El Mexicano restaurant in Manchester at knifepoint on Oct. 10 while his companion, Antoine Bell-Rogers, 21, robbed the owner at gunpoint, a Hillsborough County Superior Court grand jury charged in indictments made public yesterday.
The two men already face armed robbery charges in the Oct. 11 hold up of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Hudson and felony charges in a shooting incident at a Manchester apartment complex on Oct. 16.
Addison also is charged with capital murder for shooting Officer Michael L. Briggs, 35, once in the head at close range early Oct. 16 while the bicycle patrol officer pursued Addison on foot in a city alley, yelling for him to "Stop, police!," court records show. Briggs died Oct. 17.
If a jury convicts Addison of capital murder, the state said it intends to seek the death penalty. Addison pleaded innocent to the charge and is being held without bail in state prison in Concord.
The new indictments charge Addison and Bell-Rogers with armed robbery and felon in possession of a dangerous weapon. Both men are to be arraigned next month.
Addison attorney Richard C. Guerriero said Addison will plead not guilty. He would not comment further.
Bell-Rogers is accused of robbing El Mexicano's owner Jose A. Rodriguez at gunpoint at about 4 p.m. Oct. 10 while Addison allegedly pulled a knife on Alexander Paz, a customer sitting at a table, robbing him of about $300, according to the indictments and Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said the gunman fired one shot into the floor and another into the ceiling when he didn't hand his jewelry over fast enough.
The Manchester holdup was the first of three that occurred within 13 hours. Police said two black men wearing ski masks robbed a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Milford about 9 p.m. on Oct 10, assaulting one employee and stealing cash. Two men robbed the Hudson 7-Eleven at gunpoint at about 5 a.m. the next morning.
Addison and Bell-Rogers were charged in the Hudson robbery along with two women accomplices.
Hillsborough County Attorney Marguerite L. Wageling said the more than six month lapse in seeking grand jury indictments in the El Mexicano robbery stemmed from the massive amount of work involved in investigating Briggs' murder.
"When an incident as tragic as the shooting of a police officer occurs in town, there are all kinds of ramifications, included in that is that it backlogged other investigations. So once we were provided access to the police reports, and they are voluminous, we got through them and made a decision that it warrants prosecution," Wageling said.
Wageling would not say whether authorities intend to bring charges in the Milford robbery.
No trial date has been set on the new charges, but the timing of Addison's trials on other alleged felony offenses has been an issue in his capital murder case.
The state won a significant victory when the court ruled Addison could be tried on the Hudson robbery and Manchester shooting charges before he goes on trial for Briggs murder in 2008.
The state said it intends to present any convictions it wins in these cases as aggravating factors needed to seek the death penalty in the murder trial.