Little Falls Man Accused Of Killing Teens Posts Bail, May Defend Self In Trial

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

A central Minnesota man who has been charged with killing two teenage cousins who broke into his home on Thanksgiving is out of jail.

The Associated Press reports that Morrison County has released 64-year-old Byron David Smith, of rural Little Falls, after he posted $50,000 cash as conditional bail on Tuesday morning. His bail was originally $2 million without conditions, or $1 million with conditions.

Judge Douglas Smith cut Smith’s bail sharply Monday despite a plea by the prosecutor to double or even triple it. That prosecutor said the shootings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Halie Kifer were an ambush and not self-defense.

The Associated Press reports that Smith wants to stay in Little Falls and defend himself against the second-degree murder charges.

Smith told investigators his home had been burglarized several times before the Thanksgiving break-in.

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