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Jury Selection Begins in Byron Smith Murder Trial
AM 1240 WJON St Cloud ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Voss

Posted on 04/14/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT by Gumdrop

The trial of a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his house gets underway with jury selection today.

65-year-old Byron Smith faces two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady. Smith is accused of killing the unarmed cousins after they broke into his house north of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012. http://www.wjon.com/tags/byron/smith/

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; burglary; byronsmith; doublemurder; littlefalls; trial

1 posted on 04/14/2014 9:19:20 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop

Three links. None of them work.


2 posted on 04/14/2014 9:21:12 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Try this one: wjon.com/tags/byron-smith/


3 posted on 04/14/2014 9:25:51 AM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: Gumdrop

http://wjon.com/tags/byron-smith/


4 posted on 04/14/2014 9:26:48 AM PDT by Gumdrop (Q)
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To: Gumdrop

I remember this case. It would be like two teenage boys breaking into John Wayne Gacy’s house. The homeowner even went back to the already injured teen girl and shot her under the chin because he wanted a clean shot to end her suffering.

He then rolled them up in carpeting and kept the bodies for awhile until he asked a neighbor about recommending a lawyer.


5 posted on 04/14/2014 9:28:40 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

remember this case. It would be like two teenage boys breaking into John Wayne Gacy’s house. The homeowner even went back to the already injured teen girl and shot her under the chin because he wanted a clean shot to end her suffering.
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I remember it also. There’s a difference between self-defense and premeditated execution.


6 posted on 04/14/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: windcliff
Exactly. He had an unarmed teenage girl gutshot on his floor.

Did he call 911? Did he think to get an ambulance?

No.

He turned his back to her, went and found a different weapon, then came back and leisurely finished her off at close quarters.

Then he packaged her up and made himself some dinner.

This thing isn't even human.

7 posted on 04/14/2014 9:54:20 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Gumdrop

Picked the wrong house.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 10:20:26 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: wideawake

That puts an entirely different light on it.

Unarmed is irrelevant if they broke into his house - so leave that emotional rhetoric out of it - but finishing off the wounded girl, who was no threat at that point, was waaaaay over the top.


9 posted on 04/14/2014 11:05:00 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB
Unarmed is irrelevant if they broke into his house

It is relevant.

If you severely wound an intruder, but he is armed, you are likely justified in shooting him again because you fear that he is still able to use his weapon even if he is injured.

But if someone is lying on your floor, unarmed and gutshot, then we're not dealing with self-defense anymore.

10 posted on 04/14/2014 11:42:30 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Sherman Logan

And he picked the wrong response, so he will die in either prison or a mental hospital.


11 posted on 04/14/2014 11:43:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Sherman Logan
Picked the wrong house.

Indeed.

The homeowner definitely took things too far in this case but I have zero sympathy for the dead house burglars. Breaking into somebody's home is about the most despicable crime one can commit.

12 posted on 04/14/2014 11:54:38 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Gumdrop

Yep we covered that here — I was wondering when it would go to trial:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/littlefalls/index


13 posted on 04/14/2014 12:02:24 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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Byron Smith, a 64-year-old retired U.S. State Department worker

Could this guy's callous disregard for human life have anything to do with where he had spent the last 30 years working.

14 posted on 04/14/2014 12:11:54 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Gumdrop

doesn’t first degree indicate premeditation???how does one plan to murder a home invader??


15 posted on 04/14/2014 1:11:12 PM PDT by terycarl (common sense prevails over all else)
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how does one plan to murder a home invader??

When the home invader is leaning against a wall, wounded, bleeding, incapacitated and in need of an ambulance, but instead of calling 911, the homeowner thinks about it, goes into the other room for another gun, then returns, puts the gun to the head of the helpless person and blows her brains out.

That's how -- it's called Murder 1.

16 posted on 04/14/2014 2:58:55 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: wideawake

You obviously didn’t read all of what I wrote.

Unarmed is NOT relevant regarding shooting an intruder. Killing an incapacitated intruder IS relevant. Which is what I said originally.

Unarmed, teenage, girl - are all irrelevant facts - unarmed, teenager, girl or not, she was invading his home and therefor legally subject to lethal force.

Once she was incapacitated - whether initially armed or not - further deadly action is uncalled for and indefensible. Incapacitated is the relevant fact. He shot to death an incapacitated, criminal intruder.


17 posted on 04/14/2014 3:10:03 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: Uncle Chip

Frankly, the guy’s story about shooting the boy a couple of times, then wrapping the body in a tarp and sitting back down in his chair until the girl came down the stairs a few minutes later doesn’t sound right. I find myself wondering if he caught the two breaking in, marched them at gunpoint into the basement and executed them both. It will be interesting to hear what the physical evidence of bullet holes, etc. has to say.


18 posted on 04/14/2014 3:11:46 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: GilesB
It gets worse. Apparently the guy had the whole house wired and the killings are caught on audio. From another report, "According to an audio recording of the incident, the man, Byron David Smith, shot the teenage girl, Haile Kifer, in the chest and then taunted the 18-year-old, telling her she was dying in the final moments of her life, before repeatedly shot her until she died." source
19 posted on 04/14/2014 3:22:54 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

What is more damning is the guy’s own words:

“If you’re trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again,”

He also acknowledged firing “more shots than I needed to.”

Smith said he dragged Kifer into the workshop. But when he realized she was still alive, he shot her “under the chin up into the cranium”.

He described that action as “a good clean finishing shot” because he wanted to end her suffering.


20 posted on 04/14/2014 3:34:47 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

sounds like pure murder from that description


21 posted on 04/14/2014 3:40:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: SamAdams76

I think there are a LOT of crimes more despicable than breaking and entering.


22 posted on 04/14/2014 4:22:08 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Not for me. Violating somebody’s home is right up there with murder.


23 posted on 04/14/2014 4:32:09 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

It doesn’t look good for this gut. From what I’m reading, his actions are looking a lot like murder. But I have ZERO sympathy for the two punks. They broke into someone’s home - they deserved to die - I don’t shed one tear for either of them, even if she was taunted; but once an invader is incapacitated you just can’t go kill them. That is illegal on the battlefield for goodness sake!

The taunting, however, does speak to the mindset of the man - it will probably convict him to life in prison.


24 posted on 04/14/2014 5:16:20 PM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

gut=guy


25 posted on 04/14/2014 5:17:01 PM PDT by GilesB
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