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OTTAWA, KS (KCTV) -
This is not the first time the suspect Kyle Flack has been in serious trouble with the law. He was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in 2005.
The 2005 shooting happened just about four blocks down the street from the Franklin County Jail where Flack is now being held. The family in that case said if he had just stayed locked up, another family wouldn't be in this position again.
The mulberry tree in Stephanie Ingram's backyard has long since been chopped down, but that didn't take away the memories of what happened there in May 2005.
"Steve was laying on the ground next to the tree, and Kyle was standing at the edge of the garage, and unloaded a full revolver on Steve," Ingram said.
The person she's talking about was Steven Dale Free, Ingram's brother. He took five bullets and survived, but had shrapnel left in his lung. He died of lung cancer in 2011 and Ingram thinks the shrapnel caused it.
"I think Kyle should be held responsible for Steve's death," she said.
Flack pleaded no contest in the shooting and, with no previous record, was sentenced to five years for attempted second-degree murder. He ended up serving less than four years.
Ingram said she believes he should still be locked up.
"These families are burying their loved ones that they're never going to see again, all because Franklin County didn't do their jobs and do something about Kyle the first time," she said.
Ingram said she was not surprised to learn Flack is now accused in a quadruple homicide.
"If you look Kyle in the eyes, it's just evil. That's all you see is a vacant shell of a person. There's no soul there," she said.
Ingram said Flack's mother told her he was mentally ill and that his mental health history came up in sentencing. She said her brother tried to help him and paid him for odd jobs but, when he stopped doing the work, her brother fired him. That same day, Ingram said Flack came back and shot her brother.
Now she said there's no more helping Flack, outside of sending him to prison.
"Do the right thing this time, do something with Kyle, don't let him do this again to somebody else's family," she said.
Members of Flack's family said they believe he is innocent and said he certainly could not have done anything like kill four people, including a small child, alone.
Flack still has family and friends in Pomona, KS. Thursday that family was shocked to hear that Flack has been arrested for the crimes. They said there is no way the man they know would have done something like this.
"He was like my brother. We always did everything together. He's a really good person. He changed his whole life around. I still think he is innocent and I am still going to be by his side and by my family's side, no matter what," Amanda Flack, Kyle's cousin, said.
KCTV5 reached out to the Franklin County Prosecutor Thursday for comment on the 2005 case, but he has not returned the call.
Steven Dale Free's family said they are still looking for more justice for him and they're still looking for restitution in his case. But they said more importantly now is that their hearts and prayers are with the families of the new victims.
Click here to read more from Amanda Flack about her cousin.
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