As previously reported by the wrongful death attorneys, John H. Spooner shot and killed his 13-year-old neighbor, Darius Simmons, because Mr. Spooner erroneously believed that Darius broke into his home and stole his property. As a result of the shooting, the Milwaukee County District Attorney has charged Mr. Spooner with first degree intentional homicide. Now, Mr. Spooner seeks to move his trial out of Milwaukee County, claiming that media coverage of the case would make it impossible for an unbiased jury to hear the case. Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner set a December 21, 2012 hearing date for Mr. Spooner's request. Read more about the case in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The City of Milwaukee Fire & Police Commission also reviewed the case and the manner in which the Milwaukee Police Department investigated the incident and dealt with the mother and other family members of Darius Simmons, after the shooting took place. The Commission was critical of numerous elements of the investigation and the manner in which police officers dealt with the family victims, suggesting changes for the future.
The wrongful death attorneys of Samster, Konkel & Safran, S.C. represent the mother of Darius Simmons, who witnessed the tragic shooting of her son. We have filed a lawsuit on her behalf against John H. Spooner, due to the wrongful death which he caused. We will work hard to make sure that there is justice and accountability for Darius' death.
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