UPDATE: Today is Day 3 in The Byron Smith Murder Trial [PHOTOS,VIDEO]
LITTLE FALLS - Today (Wednesday) is day three in the Byron Smith murder trial in Little Falls.
WJON reporter Ashli Gerdes says the video surveillance tape from the November 22nd shootings were played in the courtroom during witness testimony from Janet Nelson, BCA agent stationed in Bemidji.
The video shows a screen split into four camera views. Camera one is in the upper left corner, camera two in the upper right, camera three in the bottom left and camera four in the bottom right. The footage shows Smith leaving his residence at 11:25 a.m. in a silver Chevy truck. He drives off and is seen returning to his home at 11:45 a.m. At 12:33 p.m. Nick Brady is shown on the video running up deck stairs and Smith’s home. At 12:34 p.m. Brady is seen looking in windows and walking around the house. Brady notices a camera hidden in a wood pile and turns it over. At 12:35 p.m. Brady is seen covering his face from view. At 12:37 p.m. Brady is seen walking to the front of the home. At 12:38 p.m. Kiefer is seen in the trees while Brady is on the upper deck of the house. At 12:51 p.m. Kiefer is seen running across Smith’s driveway and then walking around the upper deck carrying her purse while she’s on her cell phone. At 12:53 p.m. Kiefer walks off camera. It’s the last time she’s seen.
The court also played 29 minutes of audio from the six hours that were recorded on the digital recorder.
The court room heard the chilling audio from the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kiefer. Audio from after the shootings were also played. Here are some quotes of Smith speaking to himself after the shooting.
“I’m safe now.”
“Cute, I'm sure she thought she was a real pro.”
“I feel a little bit safer, not totally safe.”
“I left my house at 11:30, they were both dead by 1.”
“I refuse to live in fear.”
(Heavy breathing) "I felt like I was cleaning up a mess, worse than spilled food, worse than vomit, worse than shit. I was cleaning up a mess.”
“It was a major complication in my life. You really don’t want to know. Believe me you don’t want to know.”
“I felt like I was cleaning up a mess, not like spilled food, not like vomit, not even like, not even like diarrhea. The worst mess possible. I was stuck with it.”
“Some tiny little respect.”
“I had to do it, I had to do it.”
“She threw her problems in my face and I have to clean it up. I have not yet called the sheriff.”
“I see them as vermin, social mistakes, social problems. I don’t see them as human. I see them as – This bitch was going to go through her life, stealing things from other people, robbing, drug use.”
“Until somebody shoots you.”
“It’s all fun, cool, exciting and highly profitable until somebody kills you.”
“It’s like begging to have him shoot me."
“Do you see the rugs on the basement floor?”
“It’s a sucker shot…”
“Like I give a damn who she is.”
“Like I care who she is.”
"I’m sorry, There’s so much you regret. I tried to be a good person. I tried to do what I should. Be friendly to other people. Help them when I can. Tried to be a good citizen, not cheat and be fair. That family raises a bad person, and because I tried to be a decent person they think I’m a bad seed, a sucker, they think I’m there to be taken advantage of. Is that the reward for being a good person. And then they dumped this mess on me. It’s not a mess like spilled like spilled food…it’s far worse… I cannot have that chewing on me for the rest of my life. I refuse to live with that level of fear in my life. I refuse to live with that level of fear in my life."
“It’s exciting and it’s highly profitable until someone kills you. Until you go too far. Until you take advantage of somebody who is not a sucker. Until you try to take advantage of someone whose not a sucker.”
“I received a death threat. I recorded it. “
“I get a death threat, you get a copy of it.”
“I gave you a copy of the death threat, I expect you to do something about it.”