MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee man accused of gunning down his 13-year-old neighbor last year tells police he did it because he wanted his stolen shotguns back.
The comments came in a police-interrogation video that prosecutors aired in his homicide trial Tuesday. Seventy-six-year-old John Henry Spooner is accused of fatally shooting Darius Simmons in the chest from several feet away.
The police video shows Spooner chatting with detectives about his two dogs and his gun collection. He doesn't deny shooting his neighbor. When an officer asks who Spooner shot he says, "I guess it was a 13-year-old boy."
Spooner tells the investigator he's been burglarized before and beaten up in his own house.
His defense attorney concedes that Spooner killed the boy, but says he'll argue the question of intent.