Haile Kifer

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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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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