Attorneys for a Little Falls man convicted of killing two teenagers who broke into his home contend he didn't get a fair trial. The Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in the appeal of 67-year-old Byron Smith.
Prosecutors say it was the defendant's own words which led to his conviction for killing two teenage intruders in Little Falls. In a brief filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court, prosecutors urge the justices to uphold Byron Smith's conviction of first-degree premeditated murder for fatally shooting 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day of 2012.
Nearly a year after a Little Falls homeowner was found guilty of fatally shooting two teenage intruders, those who believe he was wrongly convicted meet regularly to strategize on how to reverse the jury's verdict.
A motion has been filed in the Byron Smith murder case to combine appeals made by both parties. The motion was filed Thursday to the Minnesota Supreme Court. It is asking the court to consolidate the state's appeal of the court's sentencing order on restitution with Smith's appeal of his first-degree murder convictions.
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