Security footage shows man, 76, fatally shooting black teen in Milwaukee [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

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Spooner's brand of vigilante justice resulted in the death of neighboring a teen he suspected of burglarizing his home.
In a case that has drawn comparisons to the George Zimmerman trial, 76-year-old Milwaukee resident John Spooner was convicted yesterday of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting and killing Darius Simmons, 13, in May 2012.

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Spooner and his legal counsel never contested that he was indeed the one who shot Simmons. That would've been a tough case to make since surveillance footage from Spooner's own surveillance cameras captured him shooting the teen.

The security footage was shown during the trial and obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which published it online. It shows Spooner confronting Darius with a gun and arguing with his mother before pulling the trigger. Here it is (WARNING: it's graphic):



Simmons was shot clear through his chest, and moments after running out of the video frame, he collapsed and died in the arms of his mother, who ran from her apartment onto the sidewalk after Darius was shot.

Following the shooting, police found Spooner pacing on the sidewalk. He told officers he'd reached a "boiling point" and was frustrated with police's inability to solve a break in at his home that left windows shattered and four of his shotguns missing. According to the AP, in conversations with officers, Spooner characterized Simmons as a member of a neighboring black family that was "nothing but trouble."

During the trial, Darius's mother, Patricia Larry, said that as she watched on, Spooner told her son "that he's going to teach him not to steal. And he shot him."

After a two day trial, Spooner was convicted of murder yesterday. The trial now shifts to its second phase, where Spooner's legal team will argue that he wasn't mentally competent at the time of the shooting due to anger issues.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Mary Coxworth
Mary Coxworth

There you go defense not mentally competant but owns a houseful of guns & says I'm gonna teach u a lesson & murders an unarmed child OMG every thing is broken

Wanda Ortiz-Maysonet
Wanda Ortiz-Maysonet

Yes, you are right! There is a BIG difference: there is no video of the GZ/TM case. Maybe the people posting about TM on top of GZ can provide us a copy.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

That's some pretty irresponsible reporting, there is exactly one similarity to the Zimmerman/Martin case: the victim's race. Everything else about this case is different.

_Joe_
_Joe_

So you can be "mentally incompetent" due to anger?  Wouldn't that work as a defense in, oh... I don't know... 85% of murders?  How many fucking murders don't involve anger?


This asshole is a racist old bastard that murdered a 13 year old boy in front of his mother.  Odds are, it wasn't even the kid that broke into his home.  Seriously.  How many 13 year old kids can move stolen shotguns without arousing some suspicion?

Shane Knapp
Shane Knapp

After reading the article, I don't see the mention of the old man having a broken news or scars all over the back of his head.

Shane Knapp
Shane Knapp

Remember when City Pages was a respectable source for unbiased news....yeah, neither do I.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

And also that same day: a white person killed another white person, a black person killed a white person, a black person killed a black person, a hispanic killed a white person, a hispanic killed a black person, a hispanic killed an asian person, and a hispanic killed a hispanic person, ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC. ETC.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

At least Wisconsin isn't Florida. For now.

Shawn Kuiper
Shawn Kuiper

This is laughable there is absolutely comparison at all except the race of the person that died! I am starting to think no one actually reads the articles and city pages just try's to draw a comment to enrage people more!! This guy stood outside his house pacing waiting to kill this kid whom he though robbed him, in the video I don't see the kid on top of the old man bashing his head into the cement - what a joke - uninformed people making uninformed comments who cares

Eric Arcilla
Eric Arcilla

It better work! Some of the most infamous serial killers in history are from WI.

Tim Barbeau
Tim Barbeau

I would say give him life in Prison, but he really doesn't have much of that left. And "Not mentally competent due to anger issues?" Everybody has stupid anger issues. Most people don't commit murder because of it.

Damian Amberg
Damian Amberg

Numerous differences between this and the Zimmerman case.. no comparison at all.

Joe Strom
Joe Strom

City Pages trying to get this guy to be a George Zimmerman #2.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

ya im not gonna watch this drawn out murder tape- thats fucked up to post it RUPAR


another expample of dumb hicks from WIsco - more specifically from overpass city shit hole milltown, rife with hicks

josh019
josh019

Good Fry this old coot.  This is nothing like the Zimmerman case, this is clearly murder.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I bet Spooner's favorite show was either Rush Limbaugh or something on Fox News.  

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Mary Coxworth  Since our legal understanding of mental illness and capacity is about 150 years behind the times, I doubt this guy has a chance of getting off.  He shouldn't ever have had an arsenal, as crazy as he is.  But our gun laws are about as antiquated as our mental illness/incapacity laws, so at least this once it might even out. Not that that brings back the kid or balances this out in any way.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@_Joe_   Well, that "defense" doesn't have a chance in hell.  As Hunter S. Thompson wrote, (more or less): "This is America.  Even a god damned werewolf has a right to legal counsel." 

Onan
Onan

@Shane Knapp  - It's a news aggregation blog, or didn't you know that?

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