A Little Falls man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenagers he says broke into his home.
Sixty-four year old Byron Smith was charged in Morrison County Court Monday morning.
Smith has admitted to shooting and killing 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer in his basement, as they were coming down the stairs. He says he was defending himself, and his home. But, Morrison County Sheriff Mikel Wetzel says Smith went beyond what the law allows.
The shootings happened on Thanksgiving Day. The neighbor called the sheriff’s department on Friday, after Smith told him he needed a lawyer. Smith’s best friend, John Lang, says he doesn’t believe Smith should be charged.
Sheriff Wetzel says he does believe the two teens were in the home with the intent to commit burglary. Smith’s home was also broken into on October 27th.
Bail for Smith has been set at $2 million. His next court date has not been set yet.