Jury Set to Begin Deliberations Tuesday in Byron Smith Murder Trial [VIDEO]
LITTLE FALLS — A Little Falls man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home has waived his right to testify at his trial in Morrison County.
Judge Douglas Anderson has given the final jury instructions in the Byron Smith murder trial.
The charges include two counts of first degree premeditated murder and two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.
The judge told the jury that Smith must meet a set of conditions in order to be found guilty on any of the four charges.
In the counts of premeditated murder the jury will need to decide that Brady and Kifer were killed, Smith caused their deaths, there was intent to kill, Smith acted with premeditation and the deaths happened on November 22nd, 2012.
On the charges of second degree murder the jury must prove that Kifer and Brady were killed, Smith caused their deaths, Smith acted with the purpose of causing their death and the killings happened on November 22nd, 2012.
The law states that if the defendant acts in self defense or defense of their dwelling no crime is committed.
The jury will hear closing arguments at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning (Tuesday).
The jury has also been instructed to pack a change of clothes with them in case deliberations continue through the night.