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Alaska teen who killed 4 relatives, including 2 young children, was released from jail a week before murder spree — and tried to kill another child

In addition to the four victims, the suspect allegedly tried to kill a 6-year-old cousin — but the child survived because of faulty bullets

An 18-year-old man who killed three of his cousins and his aunt had a recent history of violence against family members, and had been released from jail only a week before the shooting rampage — one that killed two young children and two adults.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Malachi Maxon, 18, is accused of fatally shooting his 18-year-old cousin at a home in Wasilla, Alaska, early Monday morning before driving to another residence in Palmer, where he killed his aunt and two young cousins, ages 7 and 10.

According to charging documents obtained by Fox News, Maxon also tried to shoot a 6-year-old boy at the Palmer home, but the boy’s life may have been spared due to defective bullets.

The Anchorage Daily News obtained court documents showing that Maxon had previous assault charges against family members, including his mother and grandmother. Since July, Maxon had been twice jailed and released on bail, most recently on November 23 — one week before the murders.

Though Maxon was reportedly prohibited from contacting his mother and stepfather, his mother paid for his bail in both instances, totaling $700.

Maxon was required to wear an ankle monitor and had been staying at the home of his aunt Kimora Buster, one of his alleged victims. According to the report, police were able to track down the suspect, after he fled the scene, through a GPS signal from the device. Maxon was apprehended and arrested after a brief car chase on Monday.

Police have not yet publicly commented on a motive for the quadruple homicide.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Maxon has not yet entered a plea to the homicide charges, and refused to participate in a scheduled arrangement earlier this week. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.