Victim's family claims release of murder suspect caught them off guard

Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 2:43 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A family says they're both shocked and afraid after learning the man accused of killing their loved one is out of jail on bond.

Chris Flowers was killed just a month ago in a typically quite South Bossier neighborhood.

His friend and suspected killer, Patrick Harris, was just released on bail. For the family of Chris Flowers, March 24th marked the beginning of heartbreak. It's the day an alleged quarrel amongst friends turned deadly.

"The entire incident was senseless," said Kelly Burns, the victim's sister.

Bossier City Police say Harris and Flowers got into a fight that ended in fatal shots on Melissa Lane in the Madison Place subdivision.

"There isn't healing yet particularly because we haven't seen justice yet and to know Patrick is free makes that wound harder to deal with," added Burns.

The Bossier District Attorney's Office confirms Harris' bond was lowered from $750,000 to $350,000 on Tuesday. Just one day later, the murder suspect bonded out of jail leaving the Flowers family shocked and fearful.

"If he could be dangerous to a friend and a coworker, what safety does anyone else have," said Burns.

They've accepted the reality that Flowers won't burst through the door to greet them just one more time, but now they don't want the man suspected of murdering him to have freedoms their loved one is now denied.

"For him to be able to go home to his family, when our brother a father of 3 was murdered makes no sense," added Burns.

Harris has pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder charge. His next court hearing is set for September 6.

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