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Previous Break-In At Little Falls Home Where Teens Shot

Byron Smith
Morrison County Jail photo

LITTLE FALLS (AP) – The home of a Minnesota man held in the shooting deaths of two teenage cousins has been burglarized at least once before.

Byron David Smith of Little Falls told police he shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady during a break-in Thursday. But authorities say his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and plan to charge him Monday.

Smith’s brother, Bruce Smith, says it was the eighth burglary at Byron Smith’s home in recent years.

The only report the Morrison County sheriff’s office has is for one break-in on Oct. 27. It shows Byron Smith reported losing cash, gold coins, two guns, photo equipment and a ring.

More information is expected to be released during a 1:00 p.m. news conference today (Monday).  WJON news will be there covering it live and will have more updates on this story this afternoon.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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