Per reports, the then-33-year-old man who killed two detectives received ‘surprising news’ after a federal judge found that he is legally considered to be intellectually disabled. His name is Rowel and he was sentenced to death for a incident in which he shot Jamesand Rodney, both of whom were undercover detectives. Both were shot in the back of the head. In court in 2006, a prosecutor said Rowel was part of a gang called the Stapleton Crew. The prosecutor said Wilson may have been trying to steal $1,200 from the detectives while they posed as potential gun buyers.
Wilson was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Per reports, Rowel has been taken off of death row after a federal judge found that he is legally considered to be intellectually disabled. Wilson has been in a federal prison since the 2013 sentencing.
In 2012, Wilson impregnated a prison guard, Nancy, while incarcerated. Their child, Justus, was born soon after Nancy was arrested. She was sentenced to prison for one year and one day for having relations with an inmate. During a hearing, a judge found that Wilson’s IQ scores may qualify him for being considered intellectually disabled.
The Supreme Court ruled that IQ score alone was not enough for a judge to determine a person to be intellectually disabled. After reviewing his findings, Rowel was ruled to be intellectually disabled and was removed from death row. He will serve life in prison without parole. Dear readers, we are republishing this story amid the surge in violent crime America is currently facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.