Court officials say a jury has been picked to hear the case of a Little Falls homeowner who claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed two teens who entered his home. Byron Smith is on trial on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.
The trial is getting underway this week for a Little Falls man who said he killed two teenagers in self-defense. It was Thanksgiving Day 2012 when Byron Smith said he shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, several times after they broke into his home.
After a central Minnesota man repeatedly shot a teen who entered his home, he dragged the boy’s bloodied body into a basement workshop, authorities say, sat down — and waited. When another teen began descending the stairway minutes later, Byron Smith fired again.
Less than 24 hours after a Morrison County district court judge cut his $1 million bail in half, the Little Falls man accused of two counts of murder in the deaths of two teenagers was free to go, under deputy protection.
The Little Falls man charged with killing two teens is waiting to get out of jail after a judge agreed to lower his bail at a hearing Monday afternoon.
More than 500 people attended the funeral on Saturday for 18-year-old Haile Kifer, and her 17-year-old cousin Nick Brady at the Living Hope Assembly of God church.
A car linked to two Minnesota teens who were fatally shot during an alleged home burglary on Thanksgiving Day contained prescription drugs that had been stolen from another house, authorities said Wednesday.
Local officials knew the grisly killings of two teenagers who broke into a man’s Little Falls home on Thanksgiving Day would stir up strong emotions.
A joint funeral will be held Saturday for two teens who were killed in a Little Falls home.
A Minnesota man told police he feared two teenagers breaking into his home had a weapon when he shot and killed them on Thanksgiving Day.
A 64-year-old man is appearing in court on charges he killed two teenagers who allegedly broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day. Byron Smith admitted to shooting and killing 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and his 18-year-old cousin Haile Kifer.
Little Falls and Pillager schools made counselors available Monday for students and staff trying to cope with the shooting deaths of two cousins.
Two central Minnesota teenagers who were killed during an alleged break-in at a man’s home were cousins and high school athletes who were popular among their schoolmates, officials said.