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Continued: Little Falls murder trial: Smith calls deputy as 1st defense witness

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 25, 2014 - 9:42 AM

He said he dragged her body near Brady’s in a basement workshop and fired a “good, clean finishing shot” under her chin and into her skull after hearing her make noise.

Mills testified under cross-examination that the respiratory system in a body can make sounds after death if it is being moved.

Though Smith’s surveillance-type audio recording of the shootings contained six shots on Kifer, Mills left open the possibility that some of the wounds could have been from a bullet passing through a limb and back into the body.

No drugs or alcohol

While tests showed no drugs or alcohol in Brady’s system, Kifer had enough cough medicine in her system that she would have been intoxicated by it, Mills said.

On Wednesday, jurors heard the highlights of six hours of Smith’s own audio recording, most of it after the teens were slain, included Smith referring to the dead teens as “vermin.”

“I felt like I was cleaning up a mess,” he whispers pointedly, apparently to himself, in a monologue captured on a tape recorder he kept in his basement. “I was doing my civic duty.”

Closing arguments in the case are expected early next week.


Pam Louwagie • 612-673-7102

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