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Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's about justice

Refrain of ‘Guilty’ Ends Trial in Murder of 2 Detectives

Published: December 21, 2006

A street gang member who boasted of bloodshed and invincibility in his amateur rap lyrics was found guilty yesterday of capital murder for shooting two undercover detectives in the back of the head during a weapons sting on Staten Island.

The convicted man, Ronell Wilson, 24, known by the street name Rated R, cocked his head to watch sidelong and deadpan as the jury foreman announced the verdict, which could lead to his death by lethal injection. The same anonymous panel will reconvene next month in Federal District Court in Brooklyn to decide whether to impose a death sentence.

The verdict, after three and a half years of legal machinations, concluded an agonizing chapter for the Police Department. The two detectives, James V. Nemorin and Rodney J. Andrews, were killed on March 10, 2003, the first two officers killed by gunfire in a single day since 1988.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly called the decision a victory for police officers and for the people of New York. “They need to know that cop killers will be brought to justice,” he said in a written statement, adding that he hoped the verdict would provide a measure of comfort to the detectives’ families. “We will never forget them or their sacrifice.”

Why didn't people march about this? Because we all knew he would go to jail. Where he belongs.

The families of the dead would receive justice.

The Bell family has no such assurance.

posted by Steve @ 12:52:00 AM

12:52:00 AM

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