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White Wis. man faces trial in death of black teen

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Two days after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin in Florida, a trial begins for a white Milwaukee man accused of fatally shooting a black teen whom he suspected of theft.

John Henry Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2012 death of his neighbor. Spooner confronted 13-year-old Darius Simmons on the sidewalk and accused him of stealing his guns. Darius denied stealing anything, and prosecutors say Spooner shot him in the chest.

Neither the 76-year-old Spooner nor defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel has commented on the allegations. A message left for Gimbel wasn't immediately returned.

A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in Martin's death. The case raised questions of whether the shooting was racially motivated. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic and Martin was black.

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