Supreme Court denies motion; Smith murder pre-trial set for Tuesday

Two-week block set aside for jury selection and trial

By Terry LehrkeNews Editor

A pre-trial will be held as scheduled Tuesday, March 25, at 1 p.m., in the case of the state versus Byron David Smith of Little Falls.

On March 18, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied a petition to reconsider a Nov. 22, 2013 decision by Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson. Anderson denied dismissal of the first-degree murder indictment brought against Smith by a grand jury in April 2013.

Smith was initially charged with second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nicholas Brady, 17.

Smith shot the two multiple times after they allegedly broke into his home Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012.

In January, Smith entered a plea of not guilty.

At a pre-trial, attorneys for the prosecution and defense can file a variety of pre-trial motions such as excluding evidence at the trial.

The week of April 14 has been set aside for jury selection, with the trial slated to begin the week of April 21.

Smith is being represented by Attorney Steve Meshbesher, assisted by Attorney Adam Johnson.

The case is being prosecuted by Washington County Attorney Peter Orput along with his associate, Brent Wartner. Both were named as special Morrison County assistant attorneys.