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What should convicted killer have to pay his victim’s family? His lawyer says NOTHING

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- John Spooner, convicted of shooting and killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons, and serving life in prison without parole in the case is facing another fight with the family of his victim. 77-year-old Spooner shot and killed his neighbor two years ago, and now, he's facing a civil suit filed by Darius Simmons' mother.

Darius Simmons

Darius Simmons

The crime was captured on Spooner's own video surveillance system.

Spooner said he thought his 13-year-old neighbor had stolen his guns.

Police never found the guns.

A jury not only convicted Spooner -- but they rejected an insanity defense.

Now, Spooner's new lawyer is trying to stop any kind of payout to the Simmons family.

A court hearing was held in this civil case on Wednesday, April 30th.

Spooner himself is in a maximum security prison, and was not in court.

The judge on Wednesday decided to give everyone more time to file legal motions, so nothing was decided.

But questions remain, including why Spooner is still fighting.

"It seems like he admitted it. There's no money and he still wants to fight it from prison. I can't say it any better. We're not looking at this point to make a lot of money for this family. This family wants to be assured that Mr. Spooner doesn't profit in any way from his actions. I don't want to see some type of book deal or movie regarding this tragedy," Simmons' mother's lawyer Jonathan Safran said.

FOX6 News asked Spooner's lawyer why he's fighting this civil case. He said simply, because Spooner asked him to.

Spooner is also appealing his criminal conviction in the shooting death of Darius Simmons.

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