Little Falls Homeowner Byron Smith Appeals Murder Convictions

Updated: 06/05/2014 7:44 AM
Created: 06/04/2014 6:50 PM
By: Brad Sattin

The attorney for the man convicted of killing two teenage cousins inside his home in Little Falls has filed a motion to appeal the case with the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Attorney Steve Meshbesher wants a new trial for 65-year-old Byron Smith, saying Judge Douglas Anderson made mistakes in not allowing certain witnesses to testify.

Meshbesher says those witnesses, psychologists, and law enforcement personnel would have helped the jury to understand Smith's state of mind and understand the fear and pressure Smith was under when he killed 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer inside his home on Thanksgiving Day of 2012 after it had been repeatedly burglarized.

In a case that drew national attention, jurors convicted Smith after three hours of deliberating, saying he went too far in repeatedly shooting the cousins after they no longer posed a threat.

Meshbesher says he will review hundreds of pages of courtroom transcripts in planning his appeal.

Smith was sentenced to life in prison in April for the killings.

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