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In Ronell Wilson death penalty retrial, prosecutors call past victims

Prosecutors in the Ronell Wilson death penalty retrial called a man he slashed and a teen he strong-armed in an elevator to testify Thursday in an effort to portray him as a career predator.

Victor Vazquez of Staten Island said he was dragged off an elevator as a 14-year-old in the same housing project where an older Wilson lived, robbed, and told by Wilson and an accomplice that they would "send their Blood friends" to hurt him or his family if he reported the theft.

Paublo Centeno of Manhattan told jurors how Wilson and some gang pals jumped him and knocked out his teeth at Rikers Island to get him to pay extortion, and then later slashed his cheek when they ran into each other at Times Square in 2001. He needed 300 stitches.

Wilson, 31, faces the death penalty in the 2003 murders of NYPD detectives James Nemorin of Baldwin Harbor and Rodney Andrews of Middle Village during an undercover drug buy. He was convicted and sentenced to death after a 2006 trial, but an appeals court ordered a retrial of the penalty phase.

Prosecutors hope testimony from past victims will convince jurors that Wilson would remain a danger if he is allowed to live.

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