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Civil suit against John Spooner will have hearing dates scheduled

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - New hearing dates will be set Thursday in a civil lawsuit against John Spooner, the 76-year-old Milwaukee man convicted of killing his 13-year-old neighbor.

The victim’s mother, Patricia Larry, filed a wrongful death suit against Spooner. It was put on hold while a criminal case was moving forward.

That case ended on Monday, when Spooner was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for freedom.

Larry’s attorney said the civil suit tries to stop Spooner from selling his assets – even though the assets appear to be limited.

A jury found him both guilty and sane when he shot and killed Darius Simmons in May of last year. Spooner claimed the youngster stole four of his guns – but police searched the youngster’s home and didn’t find them.