John Spooner ruled competent, testifies in his own case

CREATED Jul 18, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 18, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The man convicted of intentional homicide in the murder of his 13-year-old neighbor has been ruled competent and spoke in his own defense Thursday. 

Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel had told the judge that John Spooner, 76, is not mentally fit to continue, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The second portion of the trial is to determine whether Spooner was mentally ill at the time of the shooting.

When the judge asked him if he wanted to waive his right to testify, Spooner said he wanted to address the jury.

"I won't get to say anything at the end of the trial?" Spooner asked. "I want to make a statement to the jury. I'll hold it down to 15 minutes."

The statement led to an "off-the-record" meeting, followed by Gimbel saying Spooner could not continue.

Spooner was convicted of intentional homicide Wednesday after shooting his neighbor, who he claimed had stolen from him. The event was videotaped by cameras at Spooner's home.