The Free Press, Mankato, MN

State, national news

November 26, 2012

Previous break-in at LIttle Falls home where teens shot

LITTLE FALLS — The home of a Minnesota man held in the shooting deaths of two teenage cousins has been burglarized at least once before.

Byron David Smith of Little Falls told police he shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady during a break-in Thursday. But authorities say his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and plan to charge him Monday.

Smith's brother, Bruce Smith, tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/WPRzYi ) it was the eighth burglary at Byron Smith's home in recent years.

The only report the Morrison County sheriff's office has is for one break-in on Oct. 27. It shows Byron Smith reported losing cash, gold coins, two guns, photo equipment and a ring.

Bruce Smith declined to talk to an Associated Press reporter Monday.

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