New York Post
March 14, 2003

'THIS MAN IS TRASH'

By ADAM MILLER

   
MURDER ONE:
Accused triggerman Ronell Wilson leaves the 120th Precinct station house in Staten Island yesterday. He could face the death penalty.

- William C. Lopez
 

Nearly 200 cops crammed into a Staten Island courtroom yesterday, staring down the man accused of executing two undercover detectives in a gun buy-and-bust that went tragically wrong.

Ronell Wilson, 20, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the slayings of Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin Monday.

Wilson stood mute as he was ordered held without bail. Staten Island prosecutors say they haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

"This person is trash and should be treated that way," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.

Lynch said the suspects deserve death: "They put bullets into the heads of police officers, and they should not be able to live." Homicide is not new to Wilson's family - his brother, Leonard, is serving 25 years to life for killing a drug dealer.

Five others arrested in the cops' deaths - Mitchell Diaz, Omar Green, Jesse Jacobus, Michael Whitten and Paris Bullock - await arraignment.

Police yesterday found the .44-caliber revolver thought used in the slayings in an apartment hallway at a block from the shooting scene.

Police also arrested Diaz's mother and brother - Elizabeth Luciano, 40, and Michael Diaz, 21 - after finding two guns in their apartment.

Nemorin's wake will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Torregrossa Funeral Home, 2265 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Refuge Church, 2020 Foster Ave. in Brooklyn.

Andrews' wake will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday and Monday at Hess Miller Funeral Home, 64-19 Metropolitan Ave., in Middle Village, Queens. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elim International Fellowship, 20 Madison St. in Brooklyn.

The Silver Shield Foundation has set aside $100,000 for scholarships for the five children.

Other donations for the slain cops' children may be sent to the DEA Widows' and Children's Fund, 26 Thomas St., New York, NY 10007.