NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that an inmate convicted in one of New York's most notorious police killings is fit to stand retrial.
The ruling Thursday rejects arguments by Ronell Wilson's lawyers that he should be spared a potential death penalty on grounds he is mentally retarded.
Wilson was a young gang member on Staten Island when he was convicted in the point-blank shootings of undercover officers James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews in a 2006 illegal gun sting gone awry.
The officers were both shot in the back of the head.
Wilson was sentenced to death. But the sentence was thrown out in 2010 by an appeals court based on prosecutorial error.
On Tuesday, a federal prison guard was charged with having an illegal affair with Wilson that left her pregnant.