Pam Louwagie

Reporter | Regional
Phone: 612-673-7102
Pam Louwagie writes about various topics around the five-state region. A Star Tribune reporter since 2001, she has worked on the newspaper’s investigative team and covered federal courts and legal affairs. She previously worked at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Recent content from Pam Louwagie

Smith doesn’t take the stand; closing arguments today

Byron Smith, 65, claims that he acted in defense of himself and his home when he killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady after they broke into his home.

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 06:31 AM

Friends say Byron Smith was increasingly 'fearful'

Testimony Friday morning in Byron Smith’s murder trial continued with a Morrison County Sheriff’s deputy who had looked into a prior burglary at Smith’s house.

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 07:59 AM

Little Falls murder trial: Deputy testifies Smith reported break-ins

After prosecutors rested their case, defense attorneys brought a sheriff’s deputy to the witness stand.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 09:42 AM

Byron Smith calls dead Little Falls teens ‘vermin,’ not human

Jurors heard audio before, during and after Byron Smith shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady amid groans and screams from the teens along with utterances and name-calling from Smith.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 06:54 AM

Jury hears shots that killed Little Falls teens

Day 2 of testimony in the Byron Smith trail began with jurors hearing an audio recording that Smith had made of the break-in that left two teenagers dead in the basement of his home.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 09:25 AM

Jury must decide: Was shooter driven by fear or revenge?

The trial of Byron Smith opened in Little Falls, with the jury hearing his interview with police after he killed...

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 10:41 AM

'Maidens' sex abuse case took 2 years before charges were filed

Investigators are searching for the former pastor of the River Road Fellowship, Victor A. Barnard, who faces dozens of counts of abusing underage girls in his Finlayson, Minn., congregation.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 09:50 PM

Jury selected to hear case of Little Falls man who shot, killed 2 teens

Attorneys in the Byron Smith murder trial in Little Falls finished choosing a jury Wednesday afternoon, state court officials said,...

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 09:26 PM

Obituary: Teacher Jean Jacobson defied stereotypes of her time

Jean Jacobson was ahead of her time for women her age. Raised during the Great Depression, she left Devils Lake,...

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Little Falls trial today pits the right of self-defense vs. murder

When Byron Smith goes to court Monday, the question jurors will face is stark: Did he act as a reasonable person would by shooting the intruders into his home? Or did he cross a legal line and coldly execute two teens by continuing to fire after they were injured?

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 07:33 AM

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