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New Video from Byron Smith Murder Trial Shows Teens Casing Home

Updated: 08/26/2014 4:46 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 4:48 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

New video evidence from the Byron Smith murder trial has been released by the Minnesota Judicial Branch; more than a week after jurors handed down a conviction in the trial.

Smith was convicted April 29 in the murders of two teens he shot in his Little Falls home Thanksgiving Day 2012.

The court on Wednesday released more surveillance video from the cameras Smith had set up outside his home.

The entire five minute video, unlike the first piece of video released last week, is very clear in quality and shows both Nick Brady and Haile Kifer casing Smith's home. Smith can also be seen moving his truck.

The video shows Brady looking in the windows and trying to open the door. He also tampers with one of the cameras.

Kifer can be seen toward the end of the video walking around the house with a pink bag.

The day after the trial, 300 plus photos were released, along with the audio recording from inside the home. The first surveillance video released was long and showed very little activity.

The photos released last week show close-ups of a rifle, loaded handgun, broken window, stairwell where the teens were shot, the floor stained with their blood, the surveillance system, the lifeless bodies of Brady and Kifer.

The audio, which was played several times in court, captured the sound of glass shattering, Brady descending the basement stairs and Smith shooting Brady three times. Smith can be heard saying, "You're dead." Prosecutors said Smith put Brady's body on a tarp and dragged him into another room, then sat down, reloaded his weapon and waited.
    
About 10 minutes later, Kifer came downstairs. More shots are heard on the recording, then Kifer's screams, with Smith saying, "You're dying." It's followed soon after by another gunshot, which investigators said Smith described as "a good, clean finishing shot."
        
Smith can also be heard referring to the teens as "vermin." Smith waited a full day before asking a neighbor to call police.

Smith claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home. Smith's attorney said he was fearful after previous burglaries.

A juror told KSTP, "the audiotape played a major role in everybody's decision, there was a lot of evidence on that audiotape."


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