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Defendant Derrick Brantley enters the courtroom for his capital murder trial before Judge Mary M. Rowlands in this May 27 photo. Brantley is accused of taking part in the execution-style shooting deaths of four people inside a Kimlyn Circle townhouse last summer. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
From the porch behind my uncle’s house, I watched my dad shoot a silver handgun at a makeshift target. The series of bullets scattered wood debris as they struck the base of an old oak at the forest’s edge.