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Family of Accused Bomb-Maker Defends Suspect

COLUMBUS (Maria Durant) -- Family members of a man accused of making bombs inside his home describe him as mentally disturbed, not as a criminal.

Mark Kulis was arrested this week after officers found several explosive devices, some of which were booby-trapped, inside his Carolyn Avenue home. A handwritten sign declaring the property "sovereign" was posted on the front door. 

His sister, Marcia Kulis, thought that this behavior might be related to troubles with the Veterans Association.

"They were discontinuing his VA disability income," she said.

Marcia said her brother had spent several years in the army, working security in Berlin. She said he never talked to her about hating the government.
 
"My brother is nowhere close to becoming a sovereign citizen," she said. "We both come from a military background family."

She said that the bank had foreclosed on his home and suspected that her brother tried to protect what he thought belonged to him.

"He's defending it," Marcia said.

Yet she said she is horrified by the methods he is accused of employing.

"I don't understand how he got all of that, where he got it, where he got the money to get it," Marcia said, referring to the explosives and guns officers found in his home.

His niece, Stephanie O'Harra, said violent behavior is not part of Mark Kulis' nature. 

"The uncle I know is very funny, sweet, loving, very active in the church," she said.

They said they hope that Mark Kulis can get the help he needs.

Kulis was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and manufacturing explosive materials.

Read the previous reports here.

Click the links to watch the full interviews with Mark Kulis' sister and his niece.
 
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