Feds appeal ruling that NY cop killer can't be executed
Two separate juries sentenced the 33-year-old to death for the 2003 slayings
NEW YORK — Prosecutors are appealing a federal judge's finding that a man convicted of killing two New York City police detectives cannot be executed because he's intellectually disabled.
A notice of appeal in Ronell Wilson's case was filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. Two separate juries sentenced the 33-year-old to death for the 2003 slayings. While in a federal lockup, Wilson impregnated a female guard.
A judge ruled last week that Wilson met the legal standard to be considered intellectually disabled.
The judge initially found Wilson's IQ score was high enough to make him eligible to be executed. But the case was revisited after a 2014 Supreme Court ruling that courts must consider more than IQ when determining an intellectual disability.
Wilson's attorney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
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