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Byron Smith Must Pay $21K To Teens’ Families

A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims’ families. Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith was convicted in April of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is appealing.

11/18/2014

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Byron Smith’s Attorney Files Appeal Documents

The attorney of the Little Falls man convicted for murdering two teens on Thanksgiving Day 2012 said he filed appeal documents Wednesday in the state Supreme Court.

06/04/2014

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Byron Smith’s Best Friend: ‘All He Wanted Was Peace & Quiet’

This week marks one month since a Minnesota homeowner went to prison for killing two unarmed teenage burglars. Byron Smith is serving life behind bars for shooting Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The two cousins broke into his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving 2012. Smith said it was self-defense, but a jury decided it was murder.

05/27/2014

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Washington County Attorney Reflects On Byron Smith Case

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is sharing his thoughts on the case against Byron Smith, the Little Falls man found guilty of murdering two teenagers who had broken into his home. “This was a preplanned, well thought out, way to murder a couple of kids whom he was angry at because he had a few things stolen out of his house and garage,” Orput said.

05/17/2014

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Evidence From Little Falls Double Murder Trial Released

On Tuesday, a Little Falls, Minn. man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after he shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his home. Now that Byron Smith has been convicted of murder, the evidence that was used in his trial is being released. Much of it is too graphic or disturbing to be shown on TV.

04/30/2014

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Little Falls Man Found Guilty On All Four Counts Of Murder

The Little Falls, Minn. man who shot and killed two teenagers after they broke into his home has been found guilty of all four counts of premeditated murder.

04/29/2014

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Neighbor: Minnesota Man Fearful After Burglaries

A sheriff’s deputy testifying in the trial of a Minnesota man who killed two teens when they broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012 testified Friday that Byron Smith had told him just weeks earlier that he wanted to catch the people who had been burglarizing his home.

04/25/2014

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Doctor: Slain Teen Was Intoxicated On Cough Syrup

Two teenage cousins killed after breaking into a Minnesota man’s home were shot a total of nine times, with some shots coming from close range, a medical examiner testified at the man’s murder trial Thursday.

04/24/2014

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Homeowner: 2 Teens Shot Were ‘Vermin,’ Not Human

Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.

04/23/2014

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Jury Hears Audio Recording Of Little Falls Killings

Minnesota jurors listened Tuesday to an audio recording of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a homeowner who says he feared for his life after several break-ins.

04/22/2014

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Little Falls Homeowner’s Interview Played At Trial

A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, a prosecutor said Monday in his opening statement. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.

04/21/2014

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Little Falls Murder Case To Begin Monday

On Monday, the murder trial begins for a Little Falls man who admitted to killing two teenagers inside his home. Byron Smith told investigators he shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day of 2012. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

04/20/2014

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Jury Picked To Hear Little Falls Murder Case

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.

04/16/2014

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Jury Selection Monday For Little Falls Man Who Shot, Killed 2 Teens

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.

04/14/2014

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Minn. Man Who Shot, Killed Teens Heading To Trial

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.

04/13/2014

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Little Falls Responds After Man Accused Of Killing Teens Posts Bail

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.

12/18/2012

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Man Charged With Killing Little Falls Teen Set To Leave Jail

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.

12/17/2012

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Pastor Shares Healing Message For Little Falls Teens’ Funeral

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.

12/01/2012

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2 Slain Minn. Teens May Be Tied To Earlier Burglary

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.

11/28/2012

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Killing Of 2 Minn. Teens Stirs Up Strong Emotions

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.

11/27/2012

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Funeral Set For Teens Killed In Little Falls Home

A joint funeral will be held Saturday for two teens who were killed in a Little Falls home.

11/27/2012

Self-Defense

Reality Check: Explaining Minnesota’s Self-Defense Laws

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.

11/27/2012

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Man Charged In 2 Little Falls Teen Deaths

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.

11/26/2012

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Schools Make Counselors Available After Little Falls Shootings

Little Falls and Pillager schools made counselors available Monday for students and staff trying to cope with the shooting deaths of two cousins.

11/26/2012

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Vigil Held For 2 Little Falls Teens Shot, Killed; Town Shaken

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.

11/25/2012