Spooner found guilty of first-degree homicide

3:03 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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(WTMJ) -- A jury has found the man accused of shooting his 13-year-old neighbor guilty of first-degree intentional homicide.

John Spooner's defense attorney urged the jury to find his client guilty of reckless homicide, rather than intentional homicide.

The second phase of the trial started after the verdict Wednesday afternoon. It involves whether Spooner is guilty by reason of insanity.

Spooner, 76, shot 13-year-old neighbor Darius Simmons after accusing him of stealing.

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