Elderly man to stand trial in shooting death of teen neighbor


by Tiffany Shepherd

MILWAUKEE--  An elderly man accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor has been ruled competent to stand trial.

76-year-old John Spooner has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Darius Simmons.

Spooner alleged that the teen was involved in recent break-ins of his home and shot him outside of his home on May 31.

Spooner's attorney raised concerns about his clients metal fitness to stand trail.

But according to a doctor's report presented in court on Monday the psychiatrist who examined Spooner determined that he was mentally competent to stand trial.

His trial is set to begin May 6.


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