Breaking news in Little Falls, MN. There is a strange and very sad case of double murder of two teens in a small Minnesota town. News reports have
it that the two teenagers, who are cousins, Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer, never came home for Thanksgiving Dinner and family members became worried.
By Friday, someone had made a suspicious activity call to police about a man named Byron Smith who lived on the outskirts of the town next to the MS
When the police arrived at Smith’s residence, he admitted right away to killing the two teens. They were found in his basement.
He claimed they broke into his home at about Noon on Thanksgiving Day and he shot them in self defense. A neighbor also told the news that his home
had been broken into several times in the past and that he was fed up.
But why did he not report the shootings then? Police arrested him for 2nd degree murder. They are investigating whether he moved the bodies at all
after shooting them, which they say, will build a case that his story doesn’t add up. The police believe that he may have used excessive force, but
yet the county sheriff said that MN law says you can use deadly force when inside your home, “you do not have to retreat.”
The baffling part of this story is who the victims are. They are not your typical kids who you would suspect to be breaking into some guys home.
Take a look at their pictures in the news source below. They were good looking kids. They both played sports. He was on the wrestling team. The
community of Little Falls is in shock. There were large turnouts for candlelight vigils and the school has grief counselors available.
An attorney stated that reasonable self-defense is hard to disprove. He said, “You have a 60-something man, lives by himself, and he’s been
broken into time after time… and he’s home on this occasion, one could reasonably believe that he was in grave danger.”
This is pretty much all the information the Sheriff’s Dept is giving so far, but they have a press conference set for tomorrow at 1:00 pm central.
Very unfortunate case of why would these two promising young kids do something so stupid as to break into a man’s home? Did the old man feel
threatened? Heck, it was broad daylight so he wasn’t fumbling around in the dark, but at the same time he had been broken into several times.
One other thing reported by a neighbor was that he was a decent guy who kept to himself, but was taking care of his elder mother until she recently
passed away. Maybe he was already on the edge and these kids chose the wrong day to find mischief.
Was this double murder or a case of self defense?
As more information comes to light I'm sure we'll know, but for now, what if these two kids were your usual suspects (Minorities, druggies, trailer
trash), would he still have been charged so quickly with double murder, or would the authorities be waiting a while and siding with him that it was
edit on 25-11-2012 by
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