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Neighbor found guilty in fatal shooting of teen


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 76-year-old Milwaukee man has been found guilty of fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor whom he suspected of burglary.

A jury on Wednesday convicted John Henry Spooner of first-degree intentional homicide. He was charged with shooting Darius Simmons in the chest last year after accusing the teen of breaking into his home and stealing weapons.

The guilty verdict wraps up the first half of the trial. Spooner had pleaded insanity, so the defense now must prove that Spooner was suffering from mental illness at the time of the shooting that prevented him from knowing right from wrong.

In this second phase, the burden of proof shifts to the defense.

Spooner's attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, says he has an expert who will testify that Spooner was mentally incompetent at the time.

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