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Jury selection begins in trial of man who shot teens

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a rural Little Falls man who shot two teens to death in his home.

Byron  Smith admitted in November 2012 to shooting two teenagers, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, after the pair allegedly entered Smith’s home without permission.

Judge Douglas Anderson said the ultimate question in the case was whether Smith’s action in shooting the teens multiple times was within the scope of the law that allows individuals to protect their home with lethal force while preventing a felony from being committed and danger is perceived.

According to the prosecution and criminal complaint, Smith shot the teens in his basement on Thanksgiving Day.

A neighbor reported the possible shooting the next day and Smith told authorities he didn’t report the break-in right away because he didn’t want to disrupt their holiday.

Arguments in Smith’s trial are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. April 21.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.