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Trial date set for Little Falls man charged in teenagers' deaths

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: January 23, 2014 - 6:05 PM

A Little Falls man accused of killing two teenage intruders at his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 is set to stand trial in April.

A jury trial for Byron David Smith, 65, will begin April 14, according to a court calendar. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for March 25.

Smith, a retired U.S. State Department employee who set up security systems for embassies, was indicted in April on first-degree, premeditated murder charges in connection with the shootings of Haile Kifer, 18, and her cousin, Nick Brady, 17.

Prosecutors have said that Smith shot the teens, who were unarmed, multiple times as they walked down the stairs to his basement about 10 minutes apart.

At a hearing Thursday, Smith pleaded not guilty, according to the Morrison County Record. Read more about the case here.

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