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Continued: Little Falls man indicted on first-degree murder in teens' deaths

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 26, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Orput, citing the serious nature of the offense and the prospect that Smith could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted, argued that Smith is a flight risk.

He asked that unconditional bail be set at $2 million.

“Friends could harbor him if he decided to leave,” Orput said.

But Meshbesher said that his client “has abided by all the terms and conditions” of his release, set by the court in December. He said jailing Smith again and resetting bail were “not necessary.

“He has not gone anywhere or done anything” without the court knowing of it, Meshbesher said.

District Judge Douglas Anderson, citing Smith’s clean record before the shootings and the fact that the shootings occurred after intruders entered Smith’s home, ultimately decided that Smith would not be detained and that conditions of his bail would remain unchanged.

Smith’s next court appearance is set for July 1.


Richard Meryhew • 612-673-4425


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