GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On the eve of Troy Brake's trial for the murders of four peoplein Wright Township last September, his girlfriend said she stillstands by him.
"Some people understand, and some people don't," Tarah Van Dyketold 24 Hour News 8. "But when you love somebody, that's what youdo. And I don't believe he had anything to do with the WrightTownship stuff."
But prosecutors use strong words to describe Brake.
"This man is evil. This man is evil," said Chris Becker, theKent County assistant prosecutor.
Ottawa County prosecutor Ronald Frantz said Brake hates womenand "shooting them is too good for them."
But the man who has been called a Jekyll and Hyde is knowndifferently by his family and girlfriend. Brake's sister said he isnot a killer. He is a brother who would do anything for hissister.
"Even in college, if I needed anything, he would be rightthere," Brenda Brake said. "He was one of the first people I wouldcall."
And he is a father who doted on his two young children.
"If you look at that picture, he's cuddly," said Brenda Brake,pointing to a photograph. "He has him on his lap."
Troy Brake is accused of murdering Sharmaine Zimmer, her sonsTyler and Jeremy and Jeremy's girlfriend Katherine Brown, thensetting their house on fire.
But relatives say there is no way Brake killed the Zimmers; thefamilies were neighbors once in Wright Township. Sharmaine Zimmerused to babysit the Brake children.
"They were always very good to us, we only have positive thingsto say about them," Brenda Brake said.
Troy Brake's family remains behind him, even after he wasconvicted of raping and trying to murder a prostitute. They say thejury got it wrong.
The family also does not believe the prosecutor's theory: thatBrake killed the family so he could rape Katherine Brown.
Brenda Brake wonders how much of that came from a jail inmatewho is expected to testify.
"I wonder what kind of deal that inmate is getting by comingforward and making this stuff up, because it's ridiculous," BrendaBrake said.
Van Dyke, who has been with Troy Brake for three years, has notwavered in her support. "He needs the support and love."
24 Hour News 8's Ken Kolker will cover the trial when it beginsTuesday.
Fred Glespie was found not guilty in the death of three children who died in an apartment fire.
Police are looking for the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a gas station in Plainwell Thursday night.
The rink will be open that day from 3-9 p.m.