posted on Apr, 23 2014 @ 09:31 AM
** That's the title of the article ... not my title.
A 65 year old retired US Department of State employee suffered from his home being repeatedly broken into. He armed himself and set up recording
devices to help stop the break-ins. On Thanksgiving Day, his home was broken into by two thieves. It was the THIRD time that one of the thieves
(named Brady) had broken into the home of the 65 year old. The man shot both thieves dead. Now he's on trial for 'first degree premeditated
CBS News - 'You're Dead' - Minnesota Homeowner Told Teen
Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile
Kifer on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The shooting stunned the small city and stirred debate about how far people can go in defending their homes.
Smith told police that he armed himself and set up recording devices following repeated break-ins. Morrison County jurors heard glass break on the
recording, then two gunshots as Brady groaned. Smith told Brady, "You're dead," the Star Tribune reported.
Smith is a retired security engineer for the U.S. Department of State. Kifer and Brady were cousins. The two were well-known in the community, and
both were involved in sports.
The report says that the man moved one of the bodies so it wouldn't stain the carpet with blood. He cuss'd at the female thief as she died. The
only information the newspaper gave on the thieves was to show nice smiling pictures of the 17 and 18 year old thieves and said that they were 'well
known in the community and into sports'.
Me? I'd have shot them without a second thought. I wouldn't have moved the body to 'stop the carpet from being stained' ... but I wouldn't have
thought twice about shooting them. These were a 17 and 18 year old committing 'increasingly violent' crimes. They easily could overpower a 65 year
old man and cause him extreme harm.
So ... is the man justified for shooting the two repeat-offender thieves who were breaking into his home again? Or is he guilty of first degree
premeditated murder of two people like the state is trying to claim?