Key Witness In Killing Of Two Police Officers Changes Story
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A key witness in the case against a man charged with killing two undercover police officers on Staten Island three years ago is reportedly changing his story, making it harder for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Omar Green is scheduled to testify next month in the trial of Ronnell Wilson. Prosecutors say Wilson shot and killed NYPD Detectives Rodney Andrews and James Nemorin during a gun buy-and-bust operation in March 2003.
However, federal prosecutors filed a letter Monday saying Green has backed off his story that Wilson shot Andrews and Nemorin because he thought they might be police officers.
Green now says Wilson told him he shot them because he thought they were going to rob them. Green had sold a gun to Nemorin a week before the shooting and had discussed a plan with Wilson to rob Andrews and Nemorin the day of the shooting.
The Staten Island district attorney had turned the case over to federal prosecutors so they could seek the death penalty. But in order to get the death penalty, prosecutors must prove that Wilson knew the men he shot were police officers.
Wilson's trial will be decided by an anonymous jury for their protection.