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Spooner guilty of shooting teenage neighbor

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wire)  A jury has found 76-year-old John Spooner guilty of murdering his teenaged neighbor. Deliberations lasted less than two hours before jurors returned the verdict Wednesday afternoon.

Spooner shot and killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons last year, saying he believed the teen had broken into his house and stolen guns. A hearing is now underway to determine if Spooner was insane when he shot the boy.

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