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Milwaukee mother seeks judgment in son's slaying

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee County judge will consider whether to bypass a trial in the civil case of a woman whose neighbor shot and killed her teenage son after accusing the boy of stealing his shotguns.

Patricia Larry's attorneys have asked a judge to enter summary judgment Wednesday against 77-year-old John Henry Spooner.  That means the judge would rule in her favor without actually holding a trial.

Larry's attorneys argue that a jury already convicted Spooner of killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons in 2012.  They say there's no point holding another trial because there's no question Spooner was the killer.

Spooner's attorney says there needs to be a trial because there's still question about Spooner's sanity.

Spooner has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

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