NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1:22 PM
A Brooklyn federal judge has struck down the death penalty verdict against Ronell Wilson in the execution-style murders of two NYPD undercover detectives because the convicted killer meets the legal standard for “mentally retarded.”
“Wilson is ineligible to receive the death sentence that has been imposed on him,” Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled Tuesday in a 76-page decision.
Wilson was convicted and sentenced to death by two separate federal juries in the murders of Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin during a gun buy-and-bust in Staten Island in 2003.
The 32-year-old Wilson was sentenced to die by lethal injection — the first death sentence reversed because of prosecutorial error.
The judge presided over a nine-day hearing in 2012 in which he considered a mountain of evidence in addition to IQ scores about Wilson’s mental capabilities.
Wilson is currently housed on death row in Terre Haute, Ind.