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Gunman to stand trial for killing unarmed 13-year-old Darius SimmonsJuly 17, 2013
According to prosecutors, 76-year-old John Henry Spooner (pictured left) suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons (pictured in photograph) of stealing three shotguns from his home. Spooner confronted Simmons as he took out the trash around 10:00 a.m. on May 31, 2012. When Simmons denied involvement and his mother told Spooner to go away, Spooner allegedly produced a handgun and fatally shot the youth.
When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’sRainbow PUSH Coalition.
Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.
Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”
But when asked if this meant a vigilante response, Donovan said, “I’m not going to speculate,” but that’s what you wonder now.”
Due to the striking similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin trial, jury selection Monday focused on weeding out jurors who might be influenced by the latter’s outcome. Some jurors admitted they would have a tough time not noting patterns between both cases.
“There was a group that was unhappy about the injustice in the Zimmerman case,” one juror candidate said in court Monday. “They hoped there wouldn’t be another injustice in this case.
The candidate, who was white, was ultimately removed from the jury, saying that ”I am angry. I feel like the system is failing. I see black teenagers getting arrested for stuff that white people would get ticketed for.”
Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He faces life in prison if convicted.
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Update: John Spooner has been found guilty for the murder of Darius Simmons. 

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Gunman to stand trial for killing unarmed 13-year-old Darius Simmons
July 17, 2013

According to prosecutors, 76-year-old John Henry Spooner (pictured left) suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons (pictured in photograph) of stealing three shotguns from his home. Spooner confronted Simmons as he took out the trash around 10:00 a.m. on May 31, 2012. When Simmons denied involvement and his mother told Spooner to go away, Spooner allegedly produced a handgun and fatally shot the youth.

When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’sRainbow PUSH Coalition.

Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.

Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”

But when asked if this meant a vigilante response, Donovan said, “I’m not going to speculate,” but that’s what you wonder now.”

Due to the striking similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin trial, jury selection Monday focused on weeding out jurors who might be influenced by the latter’s outcome. Some jurors admitted they would have a tough time not noting patterns between both cases.

“There was a group that was unhappy about the injustice in the Zimmerman case,” one juror candidate said in court Monday. “They hoped there wouldn’t be another injustice in this case.

The candidate, who was white, was ultimately removed from the jury, saying that ”I am angry. I feel like the system is failing. I see black teenagers getting arrested for stuff that white people would get ticketed for.”

Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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Update: John Spooner has been found guilty for the murder of Darius Simmons. 

Gunman to stand trial for killing unarmed 13-year-old Darius SimmonsJuly 17, 2013
According to prosecutors, 76-year-old John Henry Spooner (pictured left) suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons (pictured in photograph) of stealing three shotguns from his home. Spooner confronted Simmons as he took out the trash around 10:00 a.m. on May 31, 2012. When Simmons denied involvement and his mother told Spooner to go away, Spooner allegedly produced a handgun and fatally shot the youth.
When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’sRainbow PUSH Coalition.
Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.
Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”
But when asked if this meant a vigilante response, Donovan said, “I’m not going to speculate,” but that’s what you wonder now.”
Due to the striking similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin trial, jury selection Monday focused on weeding out jurors who might be influenced by the latter’s outcome. Some jurors admitted they would have a tough time not noting patterns between both cases.
“There was a group that was unhappy about the injustice in the Zimmerman case,” one juror candidate said in court Monday. “They hoped there wouldn’t be another injustice in this case.
The candidate, who was white, was ultimately removed from the jury, saying that ”I am angry. I feel like the system is failing. I see black teenagers getting arrested for stuff that white people would get ticketed for.”
Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He faces life in prison if convicted.
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Stay tuned for updates on this trial.

Gunman to stand trial for killing unarmed 13-year-old Darius Simmons
July 17, 2013

According to prosecutors, 76-year-old John Henry Spooner (pictured left) suspected 13-year-old Darius Simmons (pictured in photograph) of stealing three shotguns from his home. Spooner confronted Simmons as he took out the trash around 10:00 a.m. on May 31, 2012. When Simmons denied involvement and his mother told Spooner to go away, Spooner allegedly produced a handgun and fatally shot the youth.

When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’sRainbow PUSH Coalition.

Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.

Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”

But when asked if this meant a vigilante response, Donovan said, “I’m not going to speculate,” but that’s what you wonder now.”

Due to the striking similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin trial, jury selection Monday focused on weeding out jurors who might be influenced by the latter’s outcome. Some jurors admitted they would have a tough time not noting patterns between both cases.

“There was a group that was unhappy about the injustice in the Zimmerman case,” one juror candidate said in court Monday. “They hoped there wouldn’t be another injustice in this case.

The candidate, who was white, was ultimately removed from the jury, saying that ”I am angry. I feel like the system is failing. I see black teenagers getting arrested for stuff that white people would get ticketed for.”

Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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Stay tuned for updates on this trial.

Another Black Youth Gunned Down: The Shooting of Darius SimmonsPictured - Patricia Larry with a photo of her son, Darius.June 6, 2012Darius Simmons was like a lot of 13-year-old boys — funny, boisterous and a little braggy…
John Henry Spooner, his 75-year-old next-door neighbor, is charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s death. Spooner, a widower who has been diagnosed with cancer, had complained to Alderman Bob Donovan about a break-in at his home earlier in the week, blaming the family next door. 

Spooner admitted to police that he shot Darius on Thursday morning, even as the boy had held up his arms and ran away.
Spooner shot the boy because he believed he’d broken into his house and stolen some guns. (Spooner was a collector.) Simmons’ mother says the police searched the house and found nothing. I understand why she wants to say that, but I think even if her son actually was burglar you are still left with 1.) someone taking the law for self and 2.) executing a child over an alleged theft.

There may well be more here. We’ll likely know in the coming days. I bet we’ll be hearing about Wisconsin’s own stand your ground law. For now we have this:


Milwaukee police said they recognized the area around 19th and Arrow streets address when the call came in about a man they said shot his teenage neighbor. Dispatch records obtained by WISN 12 News show the Spooner called 911 at least 15 times in five years, including four stolen guns after a break-in Tuesday. 

 An hour before the shooting, Spooner had been eating breakfast with Alderman Bob Donovan. “(Spooner) was telling me about the recent burglary that he had. They stole $3,000 worth of guns. I know John to have been a member, or is a member, of the National Rifle Association,” Donovan said. 

"I asked him, ‘Did you call the police?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ but for whatever reason, seemed a little frustrated with that investigation. I don’t know the details of it," Donovan said. 

"Did he suspect the 13-year-old?" Lyles asked. 

"He suspects whoever lives next door to him, that those individuals were involved," Donovan said. 

Donovan said Spooner has lung cancer and seemed troubled, not angry. But after the shooting, he said the conversation stands out. 

"He did say that ‘maybe there are other ways of dealing with this,’" Donovan said.
 
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Update: Spooner shot Simmons with a 9mm handgun five feet away from him in the chest, in front of his mother.  

Darius was shot once in the chest with his hands raised.  He ran to escape and collapsed at the corner, while Spooner attempted to shoot him in the back, and tried to fire a third shot.  
After police arrived, Darius’s body remained on the sidewalk, while police questioned his mother, Patricia Larry, in a squad car for approximately two hours.
During the police investigation of the shooting, they searched Ms. Larry’s home again.  Finding nothing, they then proceeded to arrest his older brother for having truancy tickets.

Another Black Youth Gunned Down: The Shooting of Darius Simmons
Pictured - Patricia Larry with a photo of her son, Darius.
June 6, 2012

Darius Simmons was like a lot of 13-year-old boys — funny, boisterous and a little braggy…

John Henry Spooner, his 75-year-old next-door neighbor, is charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s death. Spooner, a widower who has been diagnosed with cancer, had complained to Alderman Bob Donovan about a break-in at his home earlier in the week, blaming the family next door. 

Spooner admitted to police that he shot Darius on Thursday morning, even as the boy had held up his arms and ran away.
Spooner shot the boy because he believed he’d broken into his house and stolen some guns. (Spooner was a collector.) Simmons’ mother says the police searched the house and found nothing. I understand why she wants to say that, but I think even if her son actually was burglar you are still left with 1.) someone taking the law for self and 2.) executing a child over an alleged theft.
There may well be more here. We’ll likely know in the coming days. I bet we’ll be hearing about Wisconsin’s own stand your ground law. For now we have this:
Milwaukee police said they recognized the area around 19th and Arrow streets address when the call came in about a man they said shot his teenage neighbor. Dispatch records obtained by WISN 12 News show the Spooner called 911 at least 15 times in five years, including four stolen guns after a break-in Tuesday. 
 An hour before the shooting, Spooner had been eating breakfast with Alderman Bob Donovan. “(Spooner) was telling me about the recent burglary that he had. They stole $3,000 worth of guns. I know John to have been a member, or is a member, of the National Rifle Association,” Donovan said. 
"I asked him, ‘Did you call the police?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ but for whatever reason, seemed a little frustrated with that investigation. I don’t know the details of it," Donovan said. 
"Did he suspect the 13-year-old?" Lyles asked. 
"He suspects whoever lives next door to him, that those individuals were involved," Donovan said. 
Donovan said Spooner has lung cancer and seemed troubled, not angry. But after the shooting, he said the conversation stands out. 
"He did say that ‘maybe there are other ways of dealing with this,’" Donovan said.
 
Update: Spooner shot Simmons with a 9mm handgun five feet away from him in the chest, in front of his mother. 

Darius was shot once in the chest with his hands raised.  He ran to escape and collapsed at the corner, while Spooner attempted to shoot him in the back, and tried to fire a third shot. 

After police arrived, Darius’s body remained on the sidewalk, while police questioned his mother, Patricia Larry, in a squad car for approximately two hours.

During the police investigation of the shooting, they searched Ms. Larry’s home again.  Finding nothing, they then proceeded to arrest his older brother for having truancy tickets.