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Donald Lavell Craig is to sentenced death in August 2006, for the 1995 kidnapping, rape and murder of 13-year-old Malissa Thomas of Akron. Craig died at a medical center in Columbus. He was 52. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
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.