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At Smith trial, teens’ relatives shield eyes during testimony on gunshot wounds

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- Family members of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer covered their faces and wiped away tears as Ramsey County Medical Examiner Kelly Mills testified in a Morrison County courtroom Thursday.

Mills conducted autopsies on Brady and Kifer after their shooting deaths in the basement of rural Little Falls resident Byron Smith, whose home they entered without permission on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

Smith is being tried on first-degree murder charges in the teens’ deaths.

Mills testified to the gunshot wounds suffered by the teens, and her testimony was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of photos of their injuries.

Mills said the first gunshot entered through the back of Brady’s right hand, exited his right palm and re-entered Brady in the right temple. Mills said the shot -- taken from between 6 inches and 3 feet away -- would have been immediately fatal.

Brady also suffered two other gunshot wounds, both of which “would have been fatal had Mr. Brady lived long enough,” she said.

Mills described five wounds suffered by Kifer, calling the second shot, which wounded Kifer behind the left ear, consistent with close firing range.

“This is a fatal shot,” Mills testified.

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.