abc
QUICK LINKS:

INTERVIEW: Hamline Law Professor on Byron Smith Verdict

Updated: 04/29/2014 4:48 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 4:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

Hamline Law Professor Joseph Daly joins 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS to discuss the guilty verdict in the Byron Smith murder trial.

Smith had claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home in the small city of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012.  Smith's attorney said the 65-year-old was fearful after previous burglaries.
    
But prosecutors argued that Smith waited in his basement and intended to kill the teens. A total of nine shots were fired at 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday morning and within three hours had a verdict: Guilty on two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder. Mothers of the teens cried as the verdicts were read, while Smith showed no emotion. Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher said he would appeal.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
20°
25° | 11°
  • Feels like: 2° F
  • Wind: WNW 26mph
  • Humidity: 74%
  • Tue A few clouds
    24° | 20°
  • Wed Snow showers in the morning
    26° | 8°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°
  • Fri Snow showers in the morning
    22° | 14°

Video

KSTP NEWS