Associated Press
This undated image provided by the family shows David Braswell. By all accounts, Braswell shared a fierce relationship with Tamara Smith, his longtime girlfriend and mother of four of his children. "They argued for the last 14 years," his mother, Nona Lee Braswell, says. "It was a rocky relationship, but they loved each other." But when Smith's father, Clifton Gregory Dennis, heard screams inside the house he shared with the couple just after 10:30 p.m., he grabbed a .22-caliber rifle. In the hall, Dennis confronted the 38-year-old Braswell, who police say had his hands around Smith's throat. Dennis fired two shots. The first struck the wall near the ceiling. The second hit Braswell in the chest as the children watched. Dennis, 56, is barred from owning a gun because of a felony record dating to 1987. (AP Photo)

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