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Judge asked to skip trial in John Spooner case

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge in Milwaukee will be asked Wednesday to skip a trial, and rule against a convicted killer in a civil lawsuit against him.  

77-year-old John Spooner was given a life prison term last summer, after he shot and killed a 13-year-old neighbor because he thought the boy stole his shotguns.

Darius Simmons was murdered in May of 2012. Now, his mother -- Patricia Larry -- has asked the judge to enter a summary judgment against Spooner for civil damages. Her attorneys say there's no point in holding a trial, because there's no question that Spooner killed the boy.  

However, Spooner's lawyer says a trial is still necessary because there's a question about his sanity.

Last summer, a jury rejected claims that Spooner was insane when he killed his neighbor. Right after the verdict was announced, Spooner wrote a handwritten note to the Journal Sentinel claiming both his lawyer and Milwaukee Police did not do their jobs in the way they handled the case.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)