No testimony by Wis. man accused of killing teen

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:40 a.m. CDT
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(Dinesh Ramde)
John Henry Spooner, 76, right, confers with his defense attorney Monday, July 15, 2013, during a break in jury selection for his trial on charges that he fatally shot a black teen last year whom he suspected of breaking into his Milwaukee home and stealing weapons. The case has drawn comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted two days earlier of killing Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last year. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee man accused of fatally shooting his teenage neighbor whom he accused of burglary has chosen not to testify on his own behalf.

Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner is accused of killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons last year outside their homes. Prosecutors showed a video Tuesday in which Spooner told detectives he shot the boy because he wanted his stolen shotguns back.

The prosecution wrapped up its case Wednesday morning. Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel didn't call any witnesses, and Spooner declined to testify.

Gimbel concedes that Spooner shot the boy. He says the legal issues are Spooner's intent and his mental competence.

If Spooner is found guilty, the trial advances to a second phase to determine whether he was mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

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