Homeowner convicted of premeditated murder after killing teens during break-in


Shayn Roby’s Take: Whether Bryon Smith could have done something differently or not, he has a right to defend his property. To convict him of pre-meditated murder, for shooting two invaders dead when they broke into his home is an outrageous miscarriage of justice.

WPMT FOX43

Fox News — LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in was convicted Tuesday of premeditated murder.

Bryon Smith had claimed he was simply defending himself during the break-in at his home in the small city of Little Falls on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith’s attorney said the 65-year-old was fearful after previous burglaries.

But prosecutors argued that Smith waited in his basement and intended to kill the teens. A total of nine shots were fired at 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Jurors began deliberating Tuesday morning and within three hours had a verdict: Guilty on two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder. Mothers of the teens cried as the verdicts were read, while Smith showed no emotion. Defense attorney Steve Meshbesher said he would appeal.

The teens’ killings stirred debate around the state and in Little Falls — a…

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