Taken from WISN Channel 12
A Milwaukee man has been found guilty of the intentional shooting death of his 13-year-old neighbor.
A jury Wednesday found John Spooner, 76, guilty of the intentional homicide of Darius Simmons in May 2012.
The jury began hearing testimony Tuesday morning and was handed the case around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.
The judge was notified of a verdict around 1:10 p.m. and was read around 1:50 p.m.
WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino reported Tuesday that surveillance video from Spooner’s home was played several times in court, showing what appears to be Spooner approaching Simmons with a gun.
It was very difficult for the family of Simmons’ family to watch and then later talk about on the stand, Palladino reported.
During Tuesday’s opening statements in the trial, both the prosecution and defense warned the jury they were about to witness an unusual piece of evidence.
“The best piece of evidence you’re going to see is the murder. You’re going to actually see what the murder looks like in this case,” prosecutor Mark Williams said.
Spooner claimed he installed the cameras because his house was broken into several times. He accused Simmons of stealing guns from him.
Milwaukee police Detective Gust Petropouolos narrated as the video played.
Video of Spooner killing Darius Simmons. Warning graphic footage.