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At $1.6M in taxpayer expense, man convicted of killing 2 NYC officers fights death sentence

A New York man is back in court fighting to avoid the death penalty in the decade-old slaying of two police officers.

It's the second time the capital case of Ronell Wilson has gone into a penalty phase and the bills are piling up. There's been about $1.6 million in defense expenses at taxpayers' expense since an appeals court overturned Wilson's death sentence from a 2006 trial.

A federal judge has questioned whether it's worth the time and expense to let the case go on. But the Justice Department opted to ask a new jury to impose death.

The 31-year-old Wilson was convicted of killing two undercover New York Police Department officers in a botched illegal gun sting on Staten Island in 2003. Wilson's attorney says his childhood was troubled.

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