Judge Rules Convicted Cop Killer Is Not Mentally Retarded
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A judge has ruled a convicted cop killer is not mentally retarded.
The ruling means Ronell Wilson could once again face the death penalty.
Wilson was convicted of killing undercover detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin on Staten Island in 2003. The two were posing as gun buyers.
A jury convicted Wilson and sentenced him to death. An appeals court upheld the conviction but overturned the death sentence.
After his death sentence was overturned, Wilson requested a hearing to determine “whether he is a person with mental retardation” and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.
The judge ruled that Wilson’s IQ scores show he is not mentally retarded.
Wilson is awaiting another penalty phase trial to determine whether he will again be sentenced to the death penalty.
Earlier this week, Wilson made headlines when it was revealed that a correction officer guarding him was eight months pregnant with his child.
Nancy Gonzalez, 29, was arrested Tuesday. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of engaging in a sexual relationship with an inmate. Gonzalez was released on $150,000 bond.
Prosecutors said Gonzalez and Wilson had intercourse with the “sole purpose of impregnating her.” Gonzalez’s attorney denied the pregnancy was designed to help Wilson avoid death row.