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Milwaukee killer questions fairness of trial

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee man who shot and killed his teenage neighbor after accusing him of burglary says he's not sure he got a fair trial.

Seventy-6-year-old John Henry Spooner was convicted last week of killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons. On the same day he wrote to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questioning his lawyer's adequacy and wondering whether the truth came out.

Spooner acknowledged killing the boy, saying it was "justice" for having guns stolen from his home. He believed Darius was the thief but police searched Darius' home and didn't find the weapons.

Spooner complained that his defense attorney didn't properly instruct him as to his rights against self-incrimination. However, his attorney did try to persuade him not to testify.

Spooner asked the newspaper to help get the truth out, but he didn't elaborate.

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