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Man arraigned for murder in 2010 prison beating

William Edic, one of two men charged with murdering a fellow state prison inmate in 2010, was arraigned this morning at Concord’s district court where a judge held him without bail.

Thomas Milton, the other man charged in the July 2010 death of 44-year-old Anthony Renzzulla, was arrested last week in Florida and has agreed to be extradited, according to Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley. Hinckley said Milton could be transported to New Hampshire by the end of the month.

No new details about the case were provided at Edic’s arraignment today. An affidavit and search warrant are sealed from public view.

Prosecutors say the two men kicked Renzzulla repeatedly inside Concord’s state prison, causing injuries that led to his death after 16 months on life support. In addition to the second-degree murder charges, both men have also been charged with hindering prosecution and falsifying physical evidence.

According to the complaint, they tried to conceal the crime by cleaning up blood at the scene and destroying those cleaning supplies including towels and other cloths.

Both men had previously been indicted in connection to the attack on Renzzulla.

But those first charges – for attempted murder – were dropped about six months after Renzzulla died. Officials wouldn’t say at the time whether the decision was made because harsher charges were warranted. Hinckley has declined to comment on why murder charges weren’t filed then or what new information officials have obtained that allows them to go forward with the cases now.

Edic is still serving the sentences he was incarcerated for at the time of Renzzulla’s beating: separate terms for unlawful interference with a fire alarm and criminal mischief. He has been eligible for parole on one of the charges and was set to max out his sentence on the other next month, according to a Department of Corrections official.

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