Byron Smith

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The Little Falls man convicted of first-degree premeditated murder for killing teen cousins Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin, Haile Kifer, as they were burglarizing his home in November 2012, took the stand for the first time in Morrison County. Byron David Smith, now 66, was sentenced in April to life [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Attorneys for Byron Smith have appealed his first-degree murder conviction in Morrison County. Smith, who will turn 66 in June, was convicted April 29 in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and her cousin, Nick Brady, 17. The two were shot as they broke into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day [...]

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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 [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor A year and a half after the shooting deaths of Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, Byron Smith was found guilty of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder and two counts of second-degree murder. Smith, 65, shot the teens multiple times after they broke into his Little Falls home Thanksgiving [...]

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Jurors once again heard Byron Smith’s audio recording of the day he shot and killed Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. Smith is charged with two counts each of first-degree premeditated murder and second degree murder for the shootings. In his closing arguments, Prosecutor Peter [...]

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The defense for Byron Smith rested its case this morning (Monday, April 28), just before 11 a.m., presenting just three witnesses. Investigator Ross Rolshoven, who completed his testimony started Friday, Smith’s brother Bruce, and two neighbors, John Dillon Lange, 16, and his mother, Kathleen Lange. Smith, 65, was first charged with second-degree murder, then indicted [...]

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Audio recordings, surveillance video, photos depict violent deaths By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The first four days of the Byron Smith murder trial in Little Falls brought shocking, often graphic testimony every day. Smith, 65, is accused of first-degree premeditated murder for shooting Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, multiple times, after they broke [...]

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Brian-Paul Crowder and Bill and Georgia Anderson testified Friday afternoon, that Byron Smith was concerned, frightened and scared after an Oct. 27, 2012 burglary at his home, which the Andersons said had not been the first. Smith, 65, is being tried on two counts of first-degree murder for shooting Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, [...]

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