Milwaukee Murder Case Resembles Zimmerman-Martin Episode


Less than 48 hours after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, a jury was selected in Milwaukee for a trial with striking similarities, says the New York Times. The defendant, a white man, shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. John Spooner, 76, did not dispute that he shot Darius Simmons, 13, in 2012, believing the teenager broke into his house and stole his shotguns two days earlier. Spooner was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide yesterday, moving the trial into its second phase, where defense lawyers will try to prove he should not be held responsible because of his mental health. “I think the timing is evidence of how this type of thing happens all too often in various communities around the nation, said James Hall, president of the Milwaukee branch of the N.A.A.C.P. In Milwaukee, a city with a history of racial tensions, many black residents have a deep distrust of law enforcement and the legal process.

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