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Spooner had entered two pleas to the homicide charge: not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. That set up the trial to be conducted in two phases: the first to determine whether he was guilty of the homicide, and if so, a second to determine whether he was mentally competent at the time.
While Spooner didn't deny what he did, he had a hard time explaining to the prosecutor why he did it.
When Williams asked if he took the safety off the gun because he wanted to kill the boy, Spooner said he didn't know. Williams asked why Spooner fired a second time and Spooner again said he didn't know.
Finally, Williams asked whether Spooner felt bad about taking Darius' life.
"Not that bad," he replied softly.
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