Milwaukee Homicide Defendant's Competency Addressed

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mental health questions about a Milwaukee man accused of killing his teenage neighbor could be answered in court.

Seventy-six-year-old John Spooner is scheduled for an appearance in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday. Results of a mental health exam are expected to help a judge decide whether Spooner is competent to proceed to trial.

He's accused of fatally shooting 13-year-old Darius Simmons last May over an alleged theft.

Defense attorney Steve McGaver previously told Judge Jeffrey Wagner there's reason to believe Spooner might not be competent to proceed. The judge ordered that Spooner be evaluated by a mental health professional.


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