Reputed Gang Member Convicted of Murdering Two Detectives
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
New York, NY —
A reputed street gang member whose amateur rap lyrics were used against him at trial was convicted of murdering two undercover NYPD detectives three years ago.
The jury in federal court in Brooklyn took just nine and a half hours to convict Ronell Wilson of murdering James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, during a weapons buy and bust operation on Staten Island. Prosecutors sought to portray Wilson as a ruthless killer, who bragged about his murderous exploits by scribbling rap lyrics on a piece of paper that was found in his pockets after he was arrested.
Defense attorneys say the lyrics were just fantasies. The jury will reconvene next year to determine whether Wilson should be executed, or sentenced to life in prison without parole.