Nick Brady, Little Falls teen killed by Byron Smith, linked to two burglaries at Smith's home

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According to prosecutors, Smith hired Brady to do odd jobs, then Brady turned around and stole from his home.
After he was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the grisly Thanksgiving killings of Little Falls teens Nick Brady and Haile Kifer in his home, Byron Smith claimed that he was the victim of eight burglaries in recent years accounting for tens of thousands of dollars in stolen items.

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Now, a criminal complaint filed against a third Little Falls teen links Brady to two of those burglaries.

From the Star Tribune:
Nick Brady, 17, allegedly broke into Smith's house and later, his garage, and stole several items, including an envelope filled with cash, a video camcorder and a chain saw, according to two criminal complaints filed in Morrison County District Court this week...

The details of the burglaries involving Brady were spelled out in two criminal complaints filed this week against Cody M. Kasper, 17, a friend of Brady's who faces charges of aiding and abetting in connection with the crimes, which occurred last summer and fall.

Like Brady, Kasper once worked odd jobs for Smith cleaning up the homeowner's property.

One complaint said that after the summer burglary, Brady bought Kasper an ATV as well as clothes and shoes for his help.

Twin Cities defense attorney Steve Meshbesher, who represents Smith, said Tuesday that the charges against Kasper and Brady's involvement help build the case that Smith had been repeatedly victimized.
Brady and Kifer were shot to death while breaking into Smith's home. Minnesota law allows a homeowner to use deadly force to kill an intruder if it's necessary to prevent the commission of a felony in their home, but Smith, in comments made to police following his arrest, portrayed the killings in cold-blooded terms. From Fox 9:
According to the charges, Smith told investigators he shot [Brady] as he walked down the stairs, then shot him again in the face as he lay on the floor looking at him.

"I want him dead," Smith told police.

Smith said he sat down in a chair when Kifer started walking down the steps. Smith shot her and she also fell down the stairs. He tried to shoot her a second time, but his rifle jammed. When the gun jammed, Kifer laughed at him, fueling his anger.

"If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," he told police.
Does the allegation that Brady was involved in two previous burglaries of Smith's home have any bearing on whether Smith is guilty of two counts of second-degree murder? It's a tragically fascinating question, but we'll have to wait a while for answers, as Smith's next court appearance isn't scheduled until May 6.

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27 comments
greg11360
greg11360

If he would have been using the proper weapon for the job (12 gauge shotgun or 30-06) we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

The first one would be dead before he hit the ground and the second one would have been running out of there so fast her shoes wouldn't even be touching the ground.

UnBelieveable
UnBelieveable

You all amaze me.You didn't know Haile or Nick so why talk about them like you do? I just dont get it. Main reason why the world is going to shit = Stupid (unwilling to learn) People!

Scott Jochum
Scott Jochum

Wow, these comments are unbelievable. We do live in a society here, ya know.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

I agree Trevor. Its amazing how awful people are. Executed by a toothless redneck. And people think they deserve that. Our society is doomed.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

He should be in jail, not in a hole in the ground. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

OMG Haile was laughing at him after he shot her....that is awesome....in theory!



Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan

Most societies don't allow petty crooks to be executed, so the idea this is somehow just doesn't add up.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Really, you guys honestly believe these Kids deserved to die for theft? Honestly?

John Saxhaug
John Saxhaug

Wait, so byron smith knew he would be burglarized again, knew who it would be, and sat in wait w shotgun? Why not tell the police

keny1
keny1

So Brady got what he deserved. Case closed. End of story.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Hopefully they learned their lesson about burglary.

baywatch242000
baywatch242000

So no condemnation for the two that were repeatedly breaking into houses, stealing people's stuff and burglarizing half the town but your shocked and saddened by the comments when the average person doesn't feel the least bit bad for these two future felons? Got it.


baywatch242000
baywatch242000

As opposed to how amazing the two teenagers were? You know - the future felons who made burglarizing other people's property a habit?

ashleylynn1015
ashleylynn1015

@digitalprotocol I can't seem to find the link but he had a security system in his home and it had a voice recorder, she didn't actually laugh at him, she said "oh my god"

keny1
keny1

@digitalprotocol Earlier reports said that Haile was a drug addict.  So if she were high as a kite, yes she presumably could have laughed.

baywatch242000
baywatch242000

Really, you honestly believe people can break into other people's houses, steal their (s)(h)(l)(t), rummage through their stuff, and victimize others HABITUALLY like these two future felons were? Honestly?


Let me give you a piece of advice Trevor. Don't break into other people's houses - you never know who might be inside, what their state of mind is and what they choose to defend themselves with.

Jeff471
Jeff471

So anyone who breaks into anyone's house deserves to be shot dead, even if lying on the ground posing no threat?

UnBelieveable
UnBelieveable

There dead because of one mistake...I think they learned there lesson!..

keny1
keny1

@Jeff471 Well, I wouldn't go that far.  MN law says once the threat is over, your duty is to retreat and call the police. If this Smith guy did that after the fired the initial rounds, he wouldn't be facing 2nd deg. murder charges.  But again, because we weren't there to witness it, we don't know what really happened.

keny1
keny1

@mark.gisleson I didn't judge him; Karma did. Also, I am a law-abiding citizen and I do not go and break into other peoples homes and invade their sense of safety and security. Now, even I admit that this Smith guy is probably a few pennies short of a dollar, but considering the number of times that his house had been broken into, neither you or I know what was going through his mind when these two criminals broke into his house.   

Sammy_600
Sammy_600

@UnBelieveable You cant learn any lessons when your dead. The point of learning lessons is to spread the lesson around to others so maybe others wont make same mistake. But if you can't learn the lesson you cant spread the lesson. So others wont get the lesson.

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