Smith’s attorney files motion for reduced bail

Attorneys for Byron David Smith, the Little Falls man accused of shooting and killing teen cousins who allegedly broke into his Little Falls home Thanksgiving Day, will ask a judge to reduce his bail.

Smith, 64, was charged with second degree murder, after it was discovered he shot and incapacitated Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, then shot them again multiple times. Law enforcement was not notified until the following day, when Smith’s neighbor reported suspicious activity at the Smith home. Smith had called the neighbor asking whether he knew of a local attorney.

Morrison County District Court Judge Douglas P. Anderson granted Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf’s motion that bail be set at $2 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions during Smith’s first court appearance, Nov. 26.

The motion for reduced bail, made by Smith’s attorney, Steven Meshbesher, will be heard during Smith’s next court appearance, Monday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.