Teen Fatally Shot-Milwaukee-Civil Case
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Now that a Milwaukee man has been convicted of killing his teenage neighbor, a civil case against him will resume. Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner was convicted last week in the 2012 death of Darius Simmons. Spooner shot the 13-year-old in the chest after accusing him of burglarizing Spooner’s shotguns. Police searched Darius’ home but didn’t find the guns. The boy’s mother, Patricia Larry, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Spooner. But that case was put on hold while the criminal case was going on. It now resumes Thursday with a scheduling conference, where the court will set dates for further activity. Larry’s attorney, Jonathan Safran, says Spooner doesn’t appear to have many assets, but the lawsuit was a way to keep him from selling off whatever he did have.
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