Minnesota Supreme Court to hear appeal of Little Falls man convicted of killing teens



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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal of a Little Falls man convicted of killing two teenagers who broke into his home.

Byron Smith shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. A jury convicted him last year of first-degree premeditated murder and a judge sentenced him to life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Smith's lawyers appealed, saying his trial was riddled with mistakes. They claim the judge did not let the defense present their whole case and didn't properly instruct the jury.

Smith argued that he shot the teenagers in self-defense after his house had been burglarized multiple times before the day of the shootings. He made an audio recording as he shot and taunted them.

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