NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has set a 2012 date for the death penalty phase of a man convicted of killing two New York City police detectives.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis told prosecutors in Brooklyn on Tuesday that no more tax dollars should be spent on the case unless he gets a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder saying he still wants to seek death for Ronell Wilson. Otherwise, Wilson would automatically get a life term.

A Justice Department spokeswoman later said Holder would comply.

A jury convicted Wilson and sentenced him to death in 2007 for the slayings of the undercover detectives in a robbery. But an appeals court tossed out the sentence last year because of legal errors.

Another jury will be selected starting March 5 to retry the death phase.

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Comments (3)
  1. Chad says:

    Give him the death chair after all he took the lifes of two human beings that had familys

  2. Angry says:

    45+ years are you kidding me. He murdered two brave detectives in cold blood. He deserves to die

  3. bullett says:

    I believe Judge Garaufis has and issue here with tying up the courts for a retrial and expenses added to it. As for Ronell Wilson, he should receive 45+ years as punishment.

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