Little Falls murder trial begins

Published 9:45 am Monday, April 21, 2014

LITTLE FALLS — Opening statements are expected to get underway in the case of a central Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens who entered his home.

Sixty-five-year-old Byron Smith is on trial on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the November, 2012, killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Smith has claimed he feared the teens were armed and he shot them in self-defense. He says his Little Falls home had been broken into previously, and that he felt terrorized.

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