Phil Trexler

A Summit County jury has convicted an Akron man of shooting to death his cousin and injuring a second relative during a home-invasion robbery last year.

The panel now will consider when it reconvenes March 11 whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison to Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty.

Jurors reached their multiple verdicts early Tuesday and convicted Bryan D. Giles, 20, of aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.

Giles was found guilty on all counts stemming from the Feb. 5 shooting on Madison Avenue in Akron.

His cousin, Jarrell Cunningham, 27, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. Terrell Patterson, 21, also a cousin, was shot twice in the head, but survived.

Patterson called 911 immediately after the attack and testified last week.

Giles confessed to the crimes less than a week after the shootings while being questioned by Akron detectives, police said.

Jurors can recommend death or life sentences with varying years before parole eligibility.

Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PhilTrexler.