Defense Rests in Little Falls Murder Case 29 Apr 14

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The trial of a Minnesota man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers will wrap up without the defendant taking the stand.

Byron Smith told Judge Douglas Anderson on Monday that he had discussed the matter with his lawyer and opted not to take the stand.

The 65-year-old Little Falls man is on trial for first-degree premeditated murder. Smith claims he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins.

The defense rested its case Monday after Smith’s brother and two neighbors testified to his character. Anderson tentatively scheduled closing arguments for Tuesday morning.