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John Spooner, 75, Fatally Shot Darius Simmons, 13-Year-Old Neighbor, Police Say

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John Henry Spooner, 75, is charged with fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor, Darius Simmons.
John Henry Spooner, 75, is charged with fatally shooting his 13-year-old neighbor, Darius Simmons.

MILWAUKEE -- Neighbors of a 75-year-old Milwaukee man charged in the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who lived next door say he had been a repeated target of break-ins.

John Henry Spooner was charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. Spooner was arrested Thursday after waiting for police at the crime scene on Milwaukee's south side.

Police are investigating whether there was a history of disagreements between the man and boy. Police say the boy, identified as Darius Simmons, was unarmed when he was shot in the street outside their homes.

Spooner remained in jail. A phone message left at his home was not immediately returned Friday. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney yet. The case wasn't listed in Wisconsin's online court system.

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