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Insanity plea for suspect in Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The lawyer for a Milwaukee man accused of shooting and killing his teenage neighbor over allegedly stolen guns has entered an insanity plea on his client's behalf.

Defense attorney Franklyn Gimbel entered the plea Thursday on behalf of 75-year-old John Spooner. Spooner did not appear in court.

Gimbel says a mental-health professional who examined Spooner says he believes Spooner is suffering from mental disease.

Gimbel has until Aug. 16 to provide the doctor's report to prosecutors, who will then decide whether to have their own doctors examine Spooner.

Judge Jeffrey Wagner also told prosecutors that his son is married to the defense attorney's daughter. Wagner says he had no plans to recuse himself.

Prosecutor Denis Stingl says he'll consult with his colleagues to determine whether to seek a recusal.

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