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Lawyer: Man accused of prison murder currently in Florida, not Massachusetts

A man being extradited to New Hampshire to face charges that he murdered a fellow inmate at Concord’s state prison is currently incarcerated in Florida, not Massachusetts as a state prosecutor said Wednesday in court, the man’s lawyer said.

Thomas Milton, arrested in Florida last month, is accused of beating 44-year-old Anthony Renzzulla in 2010, causing injuries that resulted in Renzzulla’s death after more than a year on life support. Attorney Ted Barnes, who represented Milton when charges were previously filed against him and then dropped in connection to the attack, said he’s been attempting to reach Milton since his arrest but officials from the state attorney general’s office have refused to provide him with contact information.

At the hearing Wednesday, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara ordered Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley to find out Milton’s exact location after Hinckley said he’d only been informed by the employees handling his extradition at the county sheriff’s office that Milton was “in Massachusetts.”

Barnes, who has been appointed to represent Milton on the new charges, said Hinckley informed him late Wednesday afternoon that the sheriff’s office was mistaken and Milton is still incarcerated in Florida. Barnes said he was provided a number for that facility and was able to speak with Milton on Wednesday.

Milton is one of two men facing charges for murdering Renzzulla. According to an arrest affidavit, he and 31-year-old William Edic attacked Renzzulla when they believed he was sharing information with prison officials.

About a year after the incident, and a few months before Renzzulla died from his injuries, Edic and Milton were both charged with attempted murder and a string of other assault charges. Those charges were dropped in May 2012.

More than a year later, the attorney general’s office is now bringing murder charges against Milton and Edic with the assistance of another former inmate who was called in to help clean up Renzzulla’s blood after the attack.

According to the affidavit, Randall Chapman is now cooperating with officials after he learned that a powerful prison gang which Edic and Milton are both members of had issued a “terminate” on sight directive for him, authorizing members of the gang to attack him.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

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