Haile Kifer

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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Trial may take longer than first anticipated; defense estimates two – three weeks after jury selection By Terry Lehrke, News Editor  At a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Byron Smith’s defense attorney Steven Meshbesher told the court he would need three to five days to present his defense. That would follow the five days Prosecutor Washington County Attorney Peter [...]

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Two-week block set aside for jury selection and trial By Terry Lehrke, News 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 [...]

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Court sets two-week block for jury selection and trial By Terry Lehrke, News Editor A trial date has been set for Monday, April 21 in the case of the state versus Byron David Smith of Little Falls. Smith, initially charged with second-degree murder,  was indicted in April 2013 by a grand jury on first-degree murder charges [...]

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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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By Terry Lehrke, News Editor Washington County Attorney Pete Orput will assist in the prosecution of the Thanksgiving Day homicide in which Byron Smith of Little Falls is charged with the second degree murders of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17. Smith, 64, was charged when it was discovered he had shot the alleged burglars [...]

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