Patricia Larry, whose 13-year-old son was shot and killed by their 76-year-old neighbor John Henry Spooner, who thought the boy was stealing a gun, testified yesterday in Spooner’s trial.
Larry recounts how Spooner shot her son, Darius Simmons, directly in front of their home. Spooner, a 76-year-old white man, shot Simmons, a 13-year-old black teen because he says he suspected the teen had broken into his home and stolen a gun.
Spooner shot the young man in his chest in front of Larry. Simmons was unarmed and Larry says he did nothing to provoke the shooter. Yesterday, she spoke to the jury:
“I turned around, Mr. Spooner was standing there in front of Darius. He got a gun, and he pointed it at Darius.” Larry said she inquired why “he had that gun on (her) baby. He told Darius that he’s going to teach him not to steal. And he shot him.”