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Spooner sends note to reporter

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MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)   John Spooner now says his attorney shortchanged him, and Milwaukee Police did not do their jobs in investigating the murder of his neighbor for which he was sent to prison for life. The 76-year-old Spooner wrote a handwritten note to a Journal Sentinel reporter last Friday, when a jury found he was sane when he killed 13-year-old Darius Simmons in May of last year.

Spooner testified he handed out justice when he killed Simmons, after accusing the teen of stealing four of his guns in a burglary. In his letter, Spooner called the justice system “a scam,” and he took matters into his own hands after police failed to identify three teens shown on his surveillance camera at the side of his house on the day of the break-in.

Spooner also complained that his attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, did not instruct him on his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. His letter also asked if police and judges can be sued, and he asked why Gimbel called no witnesses to vouch for Spooner’s character.

Gimbel said he represented Spooner properly. He tells the paper quote, “I think that Mister Spooner had the view that he was a victim of everybody and anything … and that’s about as much as I can say.”

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