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Judge: No reconfigured courtroom for Ronell Wilson

Ronell Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering

Ronell Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering NYPD cops James Nemorin of Baldwin Harbor and Rodney Andrews of Middle Village during a 2003 undercover drug buy. (March 13, 2003) Credit: Robert Mecea

Convicted cop-killer Ronell Wilson lost a bid Friday to reconfigure a federal courtroom so that he would appear less dangerous when a jury considers imposing the death penalty on him in late June.

Wilson argued that the current arrangement, where he sits against the wall furthest from the jury box and the prosecution table is closer to jurors, made it look like he was a threat and also obstructed his view.

Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said he thought the table placements that were used in every other trial were adequate.

"Wilson is always seated next to his counsel in the courtroom without restraints," the judge noted. "He is also dressed in plain clothes, as are the marshals who monitor him."

Wilson, 31, was convicted of killing NYPD officers James Nemorin of Baldwin Harbor and Rodney Andrews of Middle Village during an undercover operation, but his 2007 death sentence was overturned on appeal.

During the past month, a pool of more than 70 jurors has been qualified as eligible for the panel that will be chosen to re-hear the death penalty issue. The new trial is scheduled to begin June 24.

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