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  • Morrison County authorities have filed second-degree murder charges against a 64-year-old man who killed two teenage cousins after they'd broken into his home on Thanksgiving, 2012.

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

    Article By: PAM LOUWAGIE ,Star Tribune Publish April 17, 2014 2:00 AM / Update April 16, 2014 9:26 PM

    Smith, 65, is charged in the killings of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady, who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

    Smith is claiming he acted in defense of himself and his home in shooting the teens as they descended his basement stairs about 10 minutes apart. Prosecutors say he went too far by continuing to shoot the teens, who were already wounded.

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Byron Smith’s brother walked past the bedroom window where Brady and Kifer broke in at Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith shot the teens and waited a day before reaching out to a neighbor, who called authorities. Audio of the killings in Smith’s basement was recorded.

It's been weeks since Byron Smith killed two teens he caught breaking...

Byron David Smith

Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady.

Mourners embraced following the funeral service.

Mourners embraced following the funeral service.

Crystal Shaeffel 27, of Little Falls, was tearful after walking up the...

COURTESY KARE-11. Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady.

COURTESY KARE-11. Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady.

Family members of the victims listened as Morrison County Sheriff Mich...

Rachel Brady, sister of Nick Brady, 17, and cousin of Haile Kifer, 18,...

Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady.

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