Rowell Wilson, 33, was sentenced to death back in 2003 after killing two officers. Wilson has been in line for the death penalty every since. However, this week, after waiting for more than 10 years, a court decided that Wilson was mentally unfit, and his slaughter of the two police officers was a lapse in his intelligence.
Wilson got to be taken off of death row, after lawyers finally were able to appeal his case.
In the original court case, it was discovered that Wilson was part of a gang out in Staten Island, New York. He had been attempting to sell some undercover officers guns, when the incident happened. Both officers were shot in the back of the head.
Rowell Wilson, 33, was sentenced to death for a March 10, 2003, incident in which he shot James Nemorin and Rodney Andrews, both of whom were undercover NYPD detectives, reports WPIX. Both were shot in the back of the head.
In court in 2006, a prosecutor said Wilson was part of a Staten Island gang called the Stapleton Crew. The prosecutor said Wilson may have been trying to steal $1,200 from the detectives while they posed as potential gun buyers.
Wilson was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death by lethal injection.
In 2010, the sentence was thrown out by an appeals court due to a jury error. In 2013, prosecutors repeated the penalty phase and a jury resentenced him to death. Wilson has been in a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, since the 2013 sentencing.
In 2012, Wilson impregnated a prison guard, Nancy Gonzales while incarcerated in New York City. Their child, Justus, was born soon after Gonzales was arrested, reports Daily Mail.
Gonzales was sentenced to prison for one year and one day for having relations with an inmate.
During a 2012 hearing, a judge found that Wilson’s IQ scores may qualify him for being considered intellectually disabled.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that IQ score alone was not enough for a judge to determine a person to be intellectually disabled.
After reviewing his findings, Wilson was ruled to be intellectually disabled on March 15 and was removed from death row. He will serve life in prison without parole, reports the Daily Mail.