Dateline NBC to feature Smith murder case

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Dateline NBC will feature the Byron Smith murder case during an hour-long show.

Smith was convicted April 30 of two counts each of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder in the November 2012 shooting deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after they broke into his home.

Staff from Dateline attended the trial from start to finish. During the past week, interviews were conducted with the prosecutors, defense attorney and friends and family of Brady and Kifer.

Kate Snow, correspondent for Dateline said she found those interviewed very forthcoming.

“This is sensitive stuff,” she said. “Some folks initially said they would talk to us and then changed their minds. It’s tough for the families on both sides and tough for Byron’s friends.”

Snow said a lot of people wanted to set the record straight from their point of view.

“What is obvious, is that this is a deeply moving case for so many people in the Little Falls community and people have really strong opinions about it,” she said.

“They wanted us to understand where their opinions were coming from and they wanted us to understand the people behind it. Byron Smith from one side; Nick and Haile from the other. Folks wanted us to get a full picture. They were anxious to tell the world what their perspectives are.”

The show’s goal is to focus on as many details as possible and let people decide for themselves what to believe about the case.

“We spend an hour really getting into the details and describing as much as we can about what happened before, during and after the incident took place,” she said.

“It’s not our role to tell people what to think, but to paint a really comprehensive picture,” she said.

The show is expected to air Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. on Channel 11. However, that is always subject to change, Snow said.

If the airing date of the show should change, it will be posted on the Record’s website www.mcrecord.com.

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