LITTLE FALLS (AP) -- Court documents say a Little Falls teenager who was killed after he broke into a home on Thanksgiving Day had burglarized the same property twice in the months before he was shot. 

Seventeen-year-old Nick Brady and his cousin, 18-year-old Haile Kifer, were killed as they broke into Byron Smith's home. Smith is charged in their deaths.  

Court documents show Brady had previously broken into Smith's house and garage, stealing cash, a video recorder and a chain saw. The documents were filed in juvenile cases against a 17-year-old friend of Brady's.

Smith's attorney, Steve Meshbesher, says the burglary charges show Smith had been victimized and was scared.

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is prosecuting Smith's case. He says Smith is using the prior burglaries as an excuse.

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