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NYPD Detectives Honored On Staten Island 10 Years After Murders

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A vigil was held on Staten Island Sunday for two NYPD detectives who were shot and killed execution-style 10 years ago. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of Staten Island on Sunday paid tribute to two New York City police detectives who were killed in a notorious shooting 10 years ago to the day.

Law enforcement officers laid a wreath and held a moment of silence at the spot on the North Shore of Staten Island where detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin were killed.

The detectives were conducting an undercover operation to buy illegal handguns on March 10, 2003, when something went horribly wrong.

Police said Ronell Wilson shot the detectives execution-style.

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.

A judge last month 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.

Also last month, Wilson made headlines when it was revealed that a correction officer guarding him was eight months pregnant with his child.

EXTRA: Read The Nancy Gonzalez Complaint (.pdf)

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.

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