Haile Kifer

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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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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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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