Byron Smith

Attorney Adam Johnson, assisting the defense of Byron Smith, accused of first-degree murder, moved for mistrial based on defense not having copies of Nathaiel Pearlson’s reports. Pearlson, a forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), gave testimony Tuesday as to evidence collected from Smith’s home the two days following the shooting deaths of [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The murder trial for Byron Smith of Little Falls will begin Monday, at 9 a.m., in Morrison County District Court. Smith, now 65, was indicted on first-degree premeditated murder charges in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nicholas Brady, 17, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. The defense alleges Smith [...]

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Today, Wednesday, April 16, just before 2 p.m., the final juror was selected in the Byron Smith murder case.  Smith is the Little Falls man indicted on first-degree murder charges for shooting Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, multiple times after he said they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. Seven [...]

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Four of the 14 jurors interviewed today, Tuesday, April 15, were selected in the Byron Smith murder trial. Smith was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of teen cousins Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17,  when he said they were burglarizing his Little Falls home on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a request by Byron Smith’s defense for a discretionary review of a Nov. 22, 2013 decision by Morrison County Judge Douglas Anderson. Anderson denied dismissal of the first-degree murder charges against Smith. Smith, initially charged with second degree murder following the shooting deaths of Haile [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Half of the top 10 stories for 2013 have their roots in stories that made the top 10 for 2012, including charges of murder, the passage of same-sex marriage legislation, a Little Falls resident’s fight with City Hall and the fate of the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op. While the top four [...]

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Both have ties to teen shot during alleged Thanksgiving burglary By Terry Lehrke, News Editor A Little Falls teen, charged with second and third degree aiding and abetting Nick Brady in a burglary at the home of Byron Smith, appeared in Morrison County Court Tuesday. Another teen was charged in December 2012 for possessing a gun [...]

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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Byron David Smith posted bail Tuesday morning and was freed from the Morrison County Jail. Smith is the Little Falls man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer and Nick Brady during an alleged burglary of his home Thanksgiving Day. Having caught statewide attention, camera crews had [...]

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