Mother in Wis. homicide held son for final breath

  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 3:15 PM

MILWAUKEE — The mother of a Milwaukee teen gunned down last year by his 76-year-old neighbor says she held her boy in the street as he took his final breath.

Patricia Larry testified Tuesday in the trial of John Henry Spooner. He's charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of 13-year-old Darius Simmons.

She says Spooner accused her son of burglary. She says he told Simmons he'd teach the boy not to steal, and then shot him.

Larry says her wounded son fled into the street, and when she ran to where he collapsed he only had a light pulse. She says she pulled his shirt up and saw a bullet hole in his chest.

Spooner's defense attorney concedes that Spooner killed Simmons but says the issue is whether he had intent to kill.

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