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Being charged with murder, and he should be. Searhced and didn't see this posted.
This is his story, the only other two who can provide details as to what happened were executed.
Seems like a crazy old fuck, didn't report it to the cops until the next day because he didn't want to disturb them on Thanksgiving. Link attached.
LITTLE FALLS, MINN. -- A 64-year-old man was charged Monday with murdering two teenagers who broke into his home on the outskirts of Little Falls, shooting each of them at close range in the head after having already wounded them.
Byron David Smith was charged in Morrison County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation in the killings of Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18.
The criminal complaint says that Smith shot the two as they came down his basement stairs several minutes apart on Thanksgiving Day. The complaint adds that he shot them numerous times.
He then waited a day before asking a neighbor to alert authorities about what he had done, the document added. Smith showed investigators the bodies, was arrested and has remained jailed since.
Smith appeared for a 10-minute court hearing late Monday morning wearing an orange jumpsuit, his hands and feet in shackles. Bail was set at $2 million, with the prosecution noting the defendant's extensive travels to Beijing, Bangkok, Moscow and elsewhere overseas while he was working for the U.S. State Department.
In asking for the high bail figure, County Attorney Brian Middendorf said the incident was a case of cold-blooded murder. "The circumstances are appalling and far beyond any self-defense claim," he said.
Sheriff Michel Wetzel told reporters Monday afternoon that Smith explained to authorities that he didn't call immediately after killing the two because "it was Thanksgiving. He didn't want to trouble us on a holiday."
As for whether Smith could be justified in shooting intruders, Wetzel said that a citizen does have to right to protect person or property, but it has to be reasonable.
What Smith did "went further than the law. It doesn't permit you to execute once the threat is gone."
Defense attorney Gregory Larson declined to comment after the hearing, saying he wanted more time to study the case.
About a dozen family members of the teens attended the hearing.
One of Brady's aunts, Sarah Schaeffel, said after learning of the details from the scene that "Nicholas was smart, and he knew right from wrong. Kids are kids, and they all do stupid things."
Smith "could have just held them there and called police," said Schaeffel, of Apple Valley, who is a sister to Brady's mother and was not at the hearing. "The only people who know the truth are these two kids and the guy who shot them."
At court in support of the defendant was friend John Lange, who said Smith had been targeted at least six times for break-ins and doesn't deserve to be in jail for protecting his home. "They tortured him and targeted him, and it's not good," Lange said. "One time alone would be too much. It's terrible."
The Sheriff's Office said it has received only one previous report of a break-in at the home, in October, and there have been no arrests in that incident.
According to the complaint, Smith told investigators:
He heard glass breaking around noon Thursday while he was in the basement. It was the latest of several break-ins that he's experienced. Brady started coming down the stairs, and Smith shot him with a rifle by the time he saw the intruder's hips.
Brady fell down the stairs and was looking up at Smith when the homeowner shot him in the face.
"I want him dead," Smith explained to the investigator for the additional shot.
Smith put Brady's body on a tarp and dragged him to an office workshop.
A few minutes later, Smith heard footsteps above him. As in Brady's case, Kifer too started down the stairs and was shot by Smith by the time he saw her hips, sending her tumbling down the stairs.
Smith attempted to shoot her again, but his rifle jammed, prompting Kifer to laugh.
Upset, Smith, pulled out a revolver he had on him and shot her "more times than I needed to" in the chest, he said.
Smith dragged Kifer next to Brady as she gasped for her life. He pressed the revolver's barrel under her chin and pulled the trigger in what he described as a "good, clean finishing shot" that was meant to end her suffering.
Smith acknowledged leaving the bodies in his home overnight before calling a neighbor to ask about a lawyer and to request that authorities be notified.
Tessa Ruth, an aunt of Brady, was at the hearing and said she wished Smith had fired a warning shot or called police instead of shooting. "It wasn't right for them to be there and, yes, he had a right to defend himself. But to execute them like that . . ."
LITTLE FALLS, MINN
Maybe he had other things to do.
Probably not the first 2 people he's killed.
Lets not wells this up....but if Obama had banned guns like he said this wouldn't have happened
note to kids... dont break into to other peoples homes
Pretty sad, but this statement is odd to me:
"Nicholas was smart, and he knew right from wrong. Kids are kids, and they all do stupid things."
I don't know about you guys but I never committed a B&E when I was a kid.
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If the kids were black America would be outraged that the guy is being tried and that he was only "defending his home!" Because they're white he'll be crucified.
I blame gay marriage, Obamacare and George W for this.
"A few minutes later, Smith heard footsteps above him. As in Brady's case, Kifer too started down the stairs and was shot by Smith by the time he saw her hips, sending her tumbling down the stairs.
Smith attempted to shoot her again, but his rifle jammed, prompting Kifer to laugh."
Wonder what those kids were fucked up on?
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
Same here, I wonder if the story about multiple break ins is true as well.
I agree. This is ridiculous
Don't break in to people's houses.
no kidding, if i was shot in the hip, the last thing I would do is laugh. I have no pitty for thieves.
A series of bad decisions by the girl:
1. Breaking into someone's home
2. Going downstairs a few minutes after hearing a rifle shot in the basement
3. Laughing at the guy who shot you after the gun jams when he tries to shoot you again
women are stupid
They were probably just looking for a place to go bang
they found bang alright, then bang...bang bang..
The old man's home had been broken into 6 or 7 times already? I will be a little unsettled as well.
Who said that?
The old man said it was 6-7 times, however police only have it documented he had one break-in.
If anybody breaks into my house, I will consider them a threat and I'm blowing their brains out. If I wound them (not likely since my home defense is a shotgun) and they are not armed, then they live. There is no way that you can kill somebody who is not a threat.
Shit...Fuck...Jesus.... is right
Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance
The crazy asshole [i]claims[i/] that she laughed. I really doubt that happened. The gun jammed? C'mon. He went nuts all over her from the start.
Yeah the kids are shitty and total thieves but a thorough ass kicking would have sufficed or just, you know, the one shot the would injure them.
This post was edited by All Ages Shows 17 months ago
So you would execute at 18 year old girl who has already been incapacitated after being shot numerous times in the legs, hips and chest because she gasped for life?
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