Jurors watch boy’s shooting

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MILWAUKEE  – The Milwaukee man accused of gunning down his 13-year-old neighbor last year tells police he did it because he wanted his stolen shotguns back.

The comments came in a police-interrogation video that prosecutors aired in his homicide trial Tuesday. Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner is accused of fatally shooting Darius Simmons in the chest from several feet away.

The police video shows Spooner chatting with detectives about his two dogs and his gun collection. He doesn’t deny shooting his neighbor. When an officer asks who Spooner shot he says, “I guess it was a 13-year-old boy.”

Spooner tells the investigator he’s been burglarized before and beaten up in his own house.

Jury selection began Monday, and issues of race and the George Zimmerman trial were brought up.

Patricia Larry testified Tuesday in the trial Tuesday. She says Spooner accused her son of burglary. She says he told Simmons he’d teach the boy not to steal, and then shot him.

Larry says her wounded son fled into the street, and when she ran to where he collapsed he only had a light pulse. She says she pulled his shirt up and saw a bullet hole in his chest.

Spooner’s defense attorney concedes that Spooner killed Simmons but says the issue is whether he had intent to kill.

He is expected to testify in his own defense Wednesday.

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