Man Set to Stand Trial for Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons
76-year old John Henry Spooner will finally stand trial for the murder of 13-year old Darius Simmons.
Spooner shot Simmons in front of his mother because he suspected him of stealing his guns.
He confronted the teen while he was taking out the trash. When Simmons denied involvement, Spooner raised a gun and shot him in the chest.
Oddly enough, when police arrived, they chose to question Simmons mother for two hours, and searched her home.
When police arrived, Spooner told them he had shot Simmons. However, they questioned Simmons’ mother, Patricia Larry (pictured right), for two hours and searched her home as Simmons’ body was laying in the street, according to Bishop Tavis Grant, a field director for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
Court records show that police previously removed 16 guns from Spooner’s house in December 2006. His reclaim form said the guns were taken because he had harbored a felon as a guest. A judge returned the guns to Spooner in April of 2007. Hours before the shooting, Spooner had met with Alderman Bob Donovan inside George Webb’s restaurant. He told Donovan that robbers had taken $3,000 worth of shotguns from his home two days prior. Spooner also said that he suspected his neighbors were involved and was upset that police hadn’t arrested anyone.
Donovan said that Spooner had been burglarized many times before and even installed surveillance cameras outside his house. During their breakfast together, Spooner may have hinted what was to come. Donovan claims Spooner told him, “there are other ways to deal with situations.”
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