Byron Smith, Minnesota homeowner on trial for murder, lay in wait for teen burglars, prosecutor says - CBS NewsLITTLE FALLS, Minn. - A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house planned the killings, and was lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, prosecutors said Monday. But a defense attorney countered that his client was terrified after several increasingly violent break-ins and hid after hearing a window break and footsteps upstairs.
Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The killings rocked the small central Minnesota city of about 8,000 and stirred debate about how far a person can go in defending their home.
What is wrong with this guy? I have no problem with him firing as many rounds as it takes to put down an intruder, but admittedly delivering a coup de grace to an unarmed teenage girl to prevent her suffering, moving and stacking the dead bodies, as well as not reporting the incident to the police until the next day is just plain sick! Should he be charged with 1st & 2nd degree murder? I think not, but maybe criminal homicide for the admitted euthanasia and tampering with evidence. I am tired of prosecutors over charging suspects without enough evidence to prove the case, relying on emotional jurors to get convictions.