Wis. man says he killed teen neighbor as 'justice'

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:03 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man on trial for killing his 13-year-old neighbor last year says he shot the boy as "justice" because he suspected the teen had stolen weapons from him.

Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner declined to testify in the first half of his trial. In that phase a jury convicted him of first-degree intentional homicide.

The trial advanced to a second phase to determine his mental competence at the time. Spooner took the stand Thursday against his attorney's advice.

He says he killed the boy out of anger. He says he wanted to shoot the boy's older brother but other people had gathered near him.

A prosecutor asked if he felt bad about killing Darius Simmons. Spooner replied, "Not that bad."

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