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Double Murder Trial Resumes in Little Falls

Updated: 04/28/2014 10:23 AM
Created: 04/27/2014 4:45 PM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

The double murder trial in Little Falls has continued Monday morning, marking the start of a second week of testimony.

Byron Smith, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Kifer's cousin, 17-year-old Nick Brady, on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith, 65, claimed he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins at his home.

Smith's attorney's are expected to call a few more witnesses Monday. We asked if Smith would be one of them, they aren't saying.

Once the defense rests, both sides will sum up their cases for and against Smith in closing arguments.

It's up to a jury of seven women and seven men to untangle the facts. If convicted, Smith faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The trial left off on Friday when Smith's neighbors took the stand and told the jury Smith felt terrified in his own home after it had been broken into a dozen times.

Smith’s shotgun was stolen during one of those break-ins, and his lawyer is using that trying to show the jury justification for shooting and killing Brady and Kifer.

Prosecutors call Smith a vigilante.


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