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Trial of WI man who killed neighbor nears end


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A trial is expected to wrap up in the case of a Milwaukee man who shot and killed his teenage neighbor last year whom he suspected of burglary.

Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner was convicted Wednesday of first-degree intentional homicide. His trial is now in a second phase to determine whether he was mentally ill when he killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons last year.

Witnesses who are expected to testify Friday include a forensic psychologist hired by the state.

Spooner took the stand Thursday against his attorney's advice. He acknowledged killing Darius, saying he really wanted his guns back. He said the killing was "justice" for the burglary.

Police searched Darius' home after the shooting and didn't find the guns.

Jurors could return a verdict as early as Friday afternoon.

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