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

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 24, 2014 - 6:54 AM

“Fun, cool, exciting and highly profitable until someone kills you.”

“I’m sorry. So much regret. I try to be a good person.”

He also calls himself a sucker and says people think they can take advantage of him.

Smith told authorities a day after the shootings that he thought a neighbor girl was behind the break-ins at his house, and he didn’t trust her parents, either.

On the audio played Wednesday, he is heard at various points saying:

“Like I give a damn who she is,” and “mother and father are semi-psychotic … I’d put even odds that one or the other will come over here with a gun.”

Teens caught on tape

The jury also saw Smith’s own surveillance video of him moving his truck away from his house at 11:25 a.m., then walking back to his house at 11:45.

He said later that he moved it to keep it safe while he planned to clean out his garage that day.

On the video, Brady, wearing a camouflage jacket and a hood, approaches the house at 12:33 p.m. He is seen peering into windows and trying doors.

At one point, he spotted a security camera tucked into a wood pile and turned it away, the agent testified.

At 12:51 p.m. Kifer is seen approaching the house.

Wearing a hoodie tied tightly around her face and carrying a red handbag, she appeared to have a cellphone to her ear as she walked up outdoor steps to Smith’s deck.

Later she is seen by the front door, then walks off camera at 12:53 p.m., the last point either of the teens is seen alive.

Mistrial request denied

On cross-examination, defense attorney Adam Johnson pointed out that, at one point, Brady can be seen looking square into another security camera and pointing at it.

On the audio tape, they contend evidence such as sounds of Smith unscrewing light bulbs can be heard five hours after the break-ins.

Prosecutors had contended earlier that the light bulbs had been removed before the shootings.

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