NY Killer Off Death Row as Definition of Disabled Gets Tweak

National and World News
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say Ronell Wilson is a calculating murderer who executed two New York City police detectives.

Wilson's lawyers were able to convince a judge that he is a person of such low intelligence that he can't legally be put to death.

The convict and others like him are at the center of a debate over how to enforce a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it is unconstitutional to execute killers who are "intellectually disabled."

The court in a 2014 ruling said that judges and juries should go beyond mere IQ scores to consider intelligence.

A federal judge who revisited Wilson's case tossed out his death sentence this week.

A similar review led a judge in California to reduce a death sentence given to a man murdered his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Trending

Don't miss

More Featured

Latest News

More News