Little Falls teens killed by Byron Smith linked to prescription drug burglary just days earlier

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Brady and Kifer apparently burglarized another Little Falls home sometime shortly before Thanksgiving.
As news circulated that two Little Falls teens had been shot to death during an apparent Thanksgiving Day attempted burglary at Byron Smith's house, people speculated about what could've driven 18-year-old Nicholas Brady and his 17-year-old cousin Haile Kifer to break into Smith's house in the first place.

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As we noted in our first post about the story, Kifer struggled with a pill addiction and Brady's sister speculated the search for pills might've been the reason the cousins broke into Smith's home. New evidence supports that theory.

Bottles of prescription pills linked to a recent burglary were found in the red Mitsubishi Eclipse Brady and Kifer drove to Smith's home on Thanksgiving, according to a statement released by Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel earlier today.

From Fox:
On Nov. 25, the sheriff's office received a report of a burglary at [Richard Johnson's] home. Johnson had been out of town for more than a week and an acquaintance had discovered the break-in after checking on the home. Johnson reported several items as stolen, including bottles of prescription medication.

A search of the red Mitsubishi Eclipse turned up six bottles of prescription medication in Johnson's name. The same car was found Friday parked around the corner from Smith's property.
On the evening of November 21, police responding to a suspicious activity call near Johnson's home actually talked to Brady. Brady told police he was cruising around with Kifer when his car ran out of gas. Kifer had gone into town to get fuel, Brady said, and police gave him a lift.

Last weekend, Brady's sister said that while Kifer had demons, she was making changes in her life and didn't deserve to die. From the Star Tribune:
Kifer had recently returned to school and had been trying to straighten out her life, [Brady's sister] said, adding that Kifer had stolen Adderall pills from Shaeffel's home.

"Yes, she had an addiction problem and stuff, but that doesn't mean she deserves to get murdered at 18 years old," [she] said. "I understand they came there to rob them, or whatever, but shoot them in the shoulder and call the cops."
Smith has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shootings.

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bikerbda1
bikerbda1

Break into a house and you never know what might happen. If they were older, uglier, tougher looking people in the daylight we would feel the fear this man felt in the dark in his house that night. 

John Saxhaug
John Saxhaug

Ok. Dial down the rhetoric. The kids broke the law and should have been caught and turned into authority not killed. Simple as that.

Julie Haas Myers
Julie Haas Myers

It seems relatively cut and dried...the man certainly had every right to remove the IMMINENT threat in his home, then immediately call 911. For every choice this disturbed individual made after the initial incapacitation shots were fired, he should be held to answer.

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

Like if a crazy naked man broke into my apartment....I would aim for the kneecaps....if some young person with a trenchcoat came in.....that might be a different story - who knows what's under those trench coats - right kids?

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

I completely agree with you - if I for some reason KNEW they were unarmed, I would not shoot to kill....If I had no idea - I would shoot away like a crazy lady to protect my family

galamaria
galamaria

I'm a big fan of the logic that says a thief and a burglar doesn't deserve what happens after the deliberate action is taken to rob someone.  Don't go looking for trouble and trouble might have a harder time finding you!

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

Technically this is a case about two drug addicted teens (*sad*) who broke into a guys home (the wrong guy's home....obviously) and then faced the harshest of consequences for their actions. I'm not condoning his use of his weapon in its entirety......but......they did break into his house with the intention of burglarizing it......and they were addicted to drugs........plus - I'd like to point out the obvious - the gun owner would not have "gone bezerk" had two thieves not broken into his home.....it is not like he had the time to ask them their ages....."How old are you?" Thief: "I'm 18" Homeowner: "Then you must not be dangerous, I shall lower my weapon and we shall continue on our conversation..." I'd also like to add - the average age of a person charged with murder in 2008 was EIGHTEEN (18)

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

was their death a result of their criminal actions? or his? were his actions even classified as criminal? this will definitely be a very interesting case to watch as it unfolds......I am going to guess that he gets off with probation......

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

this is a really weird mixture of self-defense AND assassination.......it's kind of a chicken and the egg thing......are they dead because he killed them or did he kill them because they broke into his house and then were killed because of that?

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

always go for the kneecaps and shoulders.......once their down, it's hard to defend walking up to them and shooting them in the head to "put them out of their misery"......that's when you call the police

Paige Benda
Paige Benda

It's a hard judgment for me to make, but if I was home alone with my baby girl and two people broke in and I had my gun......I definitely would shoot first and ask questions later.....I wouldn't aim for their head - I'd just try to make them fall down........but no one said I had good aim.....

vincentkv
vincentkv

I don't care if they were Crips with rap sheets as long as my arm. They were helpless and no threat when he executed them.

Courtney Kuehn
Courtney Kuehn

Melissa, time to give up. lol. Clearly Mr.Stewart thinks that shooting to end a person's life, once it is clear that said person poses no further physical threat, is necessary and completely sensical and moral.

Courtney Kuehn
Courtney Kuehn

Wow, so I suppose all people with less appendages than most, those who are blind or deaf, who suffer from mental illness, have a low IQ (likely yourself), etc should really be eradicated from civilization as you clearly think that anything less than perfection should be discarded since they're not doing anyone any good.

Chris Haglund
Chris Haglund

if your have a C and C you shoot to kill, the average civil suit is 250,000

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Apples and oranges, Matty. What about that teen in Florida shot for loud music by a registered gun owner. Did he deserve to die?

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

If you are a responsible gun owner, you should condemn this guy's actions. Responsible gun owners who defend this man's actions do their cause a disservice.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

I'm not defending their actions. I'm saying that Mr. Smith had no right to continue shooting after they were already disabled. I'm not a fan of him shooting them at all, but the first shot was arguably justified. Shooting that girl several times in the chest, then again in the head when she didn't die? That was not defending your home, it was murder. And he shot the boy first and didn't call the cops immediately. Rather, he waited for the girl to follow "several minutes later" and then shot her too. What the hell was that about?

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

He shot them in the face and up under the chin.... No self defense in that. Hope he enjoys his time at MCF Stillwater. He wont be able to shoot anyone down there. He will fast become the prey

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

No one defending burglary here. Just saying gang-style assassination is not why we are allowed to carry guns. They don't even allow that in war.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

He didn't need to shoot them multiple times. He also didn't need to leave their bodies in his basement for an ENTIRE DAY before calling the police. Also, while his house may gave been broken into multiple times (so he claims) he only reported one of the break-ins to the police. Why?

Greg Overall
Greg Overall

This story is going to continue to get more complicated. I am waiting to make any judgement on anybody here. Let's see what develops. It's a tragedy either way.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

If we shot dead every teen that did something stupid, we'd be piling bodies up on the street. Shooting a wounded person in the face is not self-defence. Anyone who defends this guy assassinating these teens is doing gun-control advocates a favor.0

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

This is not complicated. Thieves broke into his home and he defended it.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

So how do you justify the fact that Mr. Smith continued shooting long after they were no longer a threat? I'm not saying they were angels, but breaking & entering is not a capital crime.

Chris Haglund
Chris Haglund

I agree fully, they are breaking into someones house to steal for gods sake!

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

How does this revelation make the story more complicated?

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

U break into my house I will shoot u too. And when someone is in your house u better shoot to kill because u don't know what weapons they could be bearing themselves. Sucks they were so young but old enough to know better and clearly not trying to better their lives either. Hope people learn something from this.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@bikerbda1 You're exactly right. I've no idea how clear this Byron fellow may be in his conscience, but that's between him and his Lord. Burglars very often become rapists and/or murderers, in consequence of their "lesser" crimes. Why so? Because each is about violating the personal space of other people. It's that common thread that motivates their actions.

By definition, such people are dangerous.

randomiam
randomiam

@Paige Lindberg Jesus, you sure comment a lot. Anyways, yes, his actions were classified as criminal, hence the arrest. People have every right to protect their home with deadly force if need be- but he openly admitted to going above and beyond. He shot them both (around the waist on each, according to reports), then executed them rather than call authorities. Hence the murder charges. This is a sad case all around. Those kids obviously were not innocent, but neither is he.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@vincentkv People are murdered by downed gunmen not at all infrequently. Amateurs mostly have a very sketchy understanding of how effective bullets are. People have strangled to death the man who put six rounds in them. Others have carried the bullets inside of them for decades, after escaping the scene on foot.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Courtney Kuehn How was it clear that that was the case? How do you know this to be so? Once you've entered my home under such circumstances, every move that you make will be interpreted as hostile and potentially deadly by me, until such time as your hands are tied behind your back and I've frisked you thoroughly.


When you break in to my home, you forfeit every benefit of a doubt, no matter how small.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Curtis Meyer Yes, but prudence requires that we imprison his executioner. (Don't ask normative questions if you don't want to hear the answers.)

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Melissa Summers That was okay, waiting for her. She clearly posed a continuing threat to his life. First things come first. Neutralizing said threat was that first thing.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Melissa Summers Because they did jack isht the first time? Because they acted as if he was keeping them from their donut time?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@Brad Bergerson Hey stupid you should read the whole article.  It's a pretty complicated case where a psycho shot two unarmed teens because he was mad.  Then he didn't call the cops for 24 hours.  This guy should go to prison and you are an idiot if you don't think he was way out of line.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Chris Haglund The greater crime, by far, is the violation. Burglars very easily resort to rape and murder, because it is ALWAYS about stealing someone's sense of self and safety. (Psychological studies of burglars are very clear on this, as are records of recidivism.)

randomiam
randomiam

@Angela Salzl Well, if your spelling is anything like your shooting, I wouldn't be worried about you hitting anyone when you do! :)

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