Skip to comments.Little Falls man describes 'finishing' teenagers with shots to heads
Posted on 11/26/2012 5:01:34 PM PST by TurboZamboni
A man who killed two teenagers in his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day told investigators he shot and wounded the two at close range before "finishing" them with shots to the head.
Byron David Smith, 64, was charged Monday, Nov. 26, in Morrison County District Court with two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation in the deaths of Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18.
Smith claims Brady and Kifer broke into his home and he was "fearful" they had weapons, according to the criminal complaint.
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He'll be in prison for the rest of his life.
Does Minnesota have the Death Penalty? And if so, do they use it?
What a psycho. He deserves whatever he gets.
I cannot imagine any set of laws allowing a “finishing shot” of a wounded helpless criminal. Deadly force should only be used as a last resort because even if you are allowed to use deadly force under criminal laws, you might face civil claims that will make your life and your family's life hell. Still using deadly force to save your own life or that of someone you care about is a civil right in this country.
The two teenagers broke into his home to steal something to support their drug habit.
The first shots were legit, the finishing shots were murder.
I’m not going to shed any tears for the victims.
Slightly off topic but being an urban type myself the property of the man blew my mind.
So much land.
Disgusting. That was simply an execution, especially his description of the murder of the female. Then he sat there with the bodies for a full day because he said, “didn’t want to bother the cops on a holiday”.
When our rights to self defense are lost, guys like him will be what made it easy for the dems to do it.
Some criminals break into YOUR Home: Do any of you wait for the criminals to pull a gun out and use it on you or do you stop them with a gun? If you don’t have a high caliber gun what other option do you have but to make sure they can’t pull a gun on you? And this guy is toast now.
Aaaaw, poor kids. I bet they won’t be committing home invasion and other crimes.
I think of it this way: this little “tragedy” was actually a cleanup where 3 criminals were taken off the streets.
Thanks for the good advice, but it's irrelevant in this case.
The man is lying. The investigators will eventually release the whole story. This man would save his community a lot of time and trouble by hanging himself in prison.
“So much land”???
Where in the story was the amount of land mentioned?
(and yes, it really has nothing to do with two burglars being murdered.)
From his actions the shooter appears to be deranged.
Do you know more about it?
Trespassers will be shot.
Survivors will be shot again.
But really, this guy is abnormal.
Straight up, walking up to a wounded 18 year old girl and putting a round in her head, fry the worthless bastard, he ain’t human.
The photograph accompanying the article shows the home sitting on what appears to be at least a one acre lot. If one is from an urban area, a rural property probably looks like "a lot of land".
Looks like a normal small farm piece to me.
Retired government employee with the State Department. Does that answer your question???
Bad move. He was okay with the first shots, but the “finishing them off” routine was murder. He is toast, and rightfully so.
The “finishing” shots seem to demonstrate premeditation. If the story holds up as reported so far, this fellow should be executed. He is a cold-blooded murderer.
And then let's talk about the leaves from a dozen BIG trees ..
??? All my shots will be finishing shots until its finished.
He saved us the cost of a trial for the two kids he killed, but now we will have to feed and clothe him.
The old Double tap doesn’t work in this case.
That is how real home invaders should be treated though
You should read the article. He is sitting in the basement, and shoots them with a .223 as they come down the stairs.
(according to him, the boy comes down the stairs and he shoots him twice with a mini-14. Then he drags the body away. Then he says the girl comes down the stairs into the same basement where the 223 has just been fired twice, indoors. O-kkkk, i believe that)
But that could probably still be ok, even if many people could have handled it better.
But then he says the girl laughed at him. (Thats in his estimation). Thats right, the 18 year old girl punched from 10 feet with a .223, seeing her dead companion/bf with his head splattered with a 223, giggled at him. (i suppose anything is -possible-on some level)
So he gets a .22 pistol, and shoots her numerous times in the chest.
He drags her across the floor and lays her beside where he already dragged the boy he shot. He sees she is still gasping to breathe. So he puts the 22 under her chin and does a “good clean finishing shot”.
Then he waits another day before calling the cops.
Creepy ba$tard -should- be toast.
Whose story was that, Byron Smith's?
I tend to agree with you. Smith appears mentally unbalanced to me and those 2 kids don't appear stupid enough to break in anywhere uninvited.
Just a little euthanasia, mercy killing.
Oh, right, thats when the government comes in and does the exact same thing.
There is almost surely more to this story. Based on this article, murder one charges are appropriate.
I think that picture at the twin city site is incorrect. I think the house, as you look at the picture, is on the right. maps.google.com the address and check it yourself.
If he invited them over for Thanksgiving or something, he is definitely deranged
He should blame Parkison’s or something. heh. I’m sure he will have back up reasons. Or his lawyer will.
He moved the bodies, hid his crime for a full day, and has a really bad cover story.
Seriously, Stay off the lawn.
Looks like he shot them from ambush and then coldly murdered them.
An earlier story - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2963089/posts
A quote from that article “She said that Kifer had been in treatment more than once for abuse of controlled substances, and speculated that her cousin might have been after pills. Kifer had recently returned to school and had been trying to straighten out her life, Shaeffel said, adding that Kifer had stolen Adderall pills from Shaeffel’s home.”
He shot them in his basement. How’d they get there? It was the 8th time someone had broken into his home.
This is the part of the story that I have a hard time with.
The house is not that big and surely the girl would have heard the shots in the basement.
Why didn't she run as fast and as far as her little feet could carry her out of the house???
Why would she go down into the basement where the shots came from???
Something about this doesn't sound right.
He may have caught them breaking into his house upstairs and then brought them downstairs and executed them. He's that crazy.
He should called 911 and let the cops do their paperwork. Then he wouldn’t be looking at life.
There is nothing wrong with what this guy did. For all the SHTF enthusiasts out there you must wrap your minds around this. Perfect training exercise. All the people sitting around decrying the decline of civilization but yet are unwillingly to pull that trigger. Again and again and again.
Have it your way. It’s an even bet two stupid kids thought that nobody was home on that holiday. Looking for alcohol or something i bet. His statement indicates he sat there silently in ambush as he heard the window break.
In any case, unless i hear these two kids have held that community under a reign of abject terror, i doubt he really saved the streets from these hardened criminals.
Or it may have been a drug deal gone bad. Or she might have been desperate for a fix. Or she might have thought her boyfriend did the shooting. Or she might have been so high she didn’t know what was happening.
Read the statement of probable clause with the transcript of the killer’s statement. He says he shot the male as he came down the basement stairs and then finished him off in and placed the body on a tarp and dragged it to his workshop and then sat down in his chair.
A few minutes later, the girl comes down the same steps and he shoots her, yada yada.
He’s lying, straight up. Say these two cousins are larking about or burglarizing and he shoots the first, does the second wait long enough for him to get a tarp and move the first body before also descending the same stairs after hearing gunshots. Or calling out for the cousin who disappeared down the stairs and didn’t come back.
No freaking way. Whatever happened, the shooter’s story is bull scat.
“He may have caught them breaking into his house upstairs and then brought them downstairs and executed them. He’s that crazy”
I think you are close to the truth, We’ll never really know.
“For all the SHTF enthusiasts”
Yeah,, that was totally SHTF. Real TEOTWAWKI stuff there. /
This guy was in the ideal location to follow the rules...
More likely he was out hunting teenagers like that Hmong guy several years back.
We don't need his kind.
I think he would have been upstairs in 5 seconds guns drawn and had them at gunpoint. No way his story holds up.
When someone breaks into your house and you shoot them dead PLEASE invite me to your execution. PRETTY PLEASE?
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