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Continued: Little Falls, Minn., is a town on edge with the trial of Byron Smith

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 28, 2014 - 9:53 AM

“I think it made people more angry that he was saying, ‘Sorry about that’ when the gun jammed and calling them names. That’s just horrible,” she said.

Even those who want to see both sides of the case were struggling after learning about the recordings, said Tyler Eckel, a first-year body shop student who stopped at James Green Park while cruising in his 2005 Ford Mustang on Friday.

“As far as those two kids, I feel bad for them,” he said. “I can see both sides of a situation but … he had some pretty dirty thoughts,” he said of Smith.

Driving around town that evening Eckel said he passed by the Morrison County Courthouse just as the day’s proceedings ended. Spectators were spilling out of the courtroom and two TV news crews were set up to beam their stories out of Little Falls.

Passing by, he said, “you just get a cold feeling.”

 

Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747

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