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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karenlittles
karenlittles

They repeatedly broke into this poor man's home and he was not supposed to defend himself? I think it is despicable that he was found guilty and put in prison for life. He did not deserve that. He put a stop to budding serial criminals. I am sure that he was always concerened about when he would be victimized

again. In my state, a person has a right to defend his or her home against criminals like these two who break in.

kimba4
kimba4

So if I'm being raped and manage to get to my dresser and shoot the SOB several times, laughing, and saying "u dirty filthy vermin, die bitch, die" and then finish him off with a final shot to the penis I may be convicted of murder? And then when the cops question me, I have no remorse for the killing criminal committing a felony against me, there would be a problem? This jury got it all wrong and convicted on emotion...not the law! They were commiting a felony and he legally shot them. Case closed. This poor old guy probably spent many hours and many many days sitting in his basement waiting for another burglary with his gun on his lap cuz he feared which time will they bring a gun or which time will they beat me to death. He got them before they got him cuz all criminals escalate, raise the ante, they are looking for more adrenaline and more money. If he wouldn't have killed them, most likely they would have eventually caused someone else's death. They were committing a crime, a home invasion. Death is the risk u take, it's NOT petty to break into someone's house...it's a violation, just like rape, it's just mental, not physical.

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.

karenlittles
karenlittles

@kimba4 I imagine that he was very frightened, in home, after being robbed numberous times. I is appalling to me, that people want to downplay the crimes against this man in an attempt to create a defense for these young thugs breaking into his home.

amotremba
amotremba

I wish I could like this 20 times!

asamysony83
asamysony83

@UnBelieveable I think its sad that they died, but he didn't invite them in. They came downstairs in the basement. What does that say about these kids? Had he not had the gun, those kids would have KICKED his ass. 

MN has a law, if someone breaks into your house, you have the right to defend yourself. The jury got it wrong.

kimba4
kimba4

None of us want to know them, they are serial thieves, burglars, and criminals. It's sad anytime someone loses a life regardless of the circumstances. But they put their lives in danger when they chose to commit a serious crime. Why talk about them? Because a national tv show aired the story and this site was put up for people to comment on it. I bet if they were black or looked "dirty" there wouldn't be a controversy. Just because they are nice looking young white people doesn't matter...so was Ted Bundy.

amotremba
amotremba

You are stupid.... They broke into his home and had taken things that were not theirs in previous burglaries. Come break into my home.... You will get the same!!!

asamysony83
asamysony83

If someone was to break into your house, how would u react? Now, imagine being a 65 year old man, who most likely experienced this before. If that man had not shot them, chances are the kids would have killed him. I do think he should have shot him/her in leg or a warning shot would have done the job. Those kids should not have been inside that home!!!!

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.


asamysony83
asamysony83

If you were in his shoes, what would u do? Maybe your ok with people robbing you. But i know if that was me i would have kicked their asses….

amotremba
amotremba

They entered his home by breaking in.... What the hell is wrong with you?

scguitartech
scguitartech

Perhaps if the two criminal drug addict home invader felons hadn't stolen all of the cash that "worked" for to save up when they broke into his house and robbed him the previous time, then he probably would've been able to actually afford to fix his "toothless" problem?

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.

kimba4
kimba4

Not "just" theft, they weren't stealing candy from a store...it was a home invasion!!! This man has the legal right to do whatever he wants in his home. If they don't like what he does, they shouldn't have come over...oh that's right, they weren't invited.

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.

amotremba
amotremba

He had told the police...

And.... After 8 burglaries...... Of course he knew they would be coming back....

He, more than likely, hadn't had a good nights sleep in months... Listening to every little noise in his house....

Let me come over to your house at random times.... Break your s**t, and take your crap.... 8 times.... See how well you sleep.... See just how far you are willing to go to feel safe again...

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!..

asamysony83
asamysony83

@Jeff471  What do you think would have happened, if the old man wasn't carrying a gun? Smith expereinced this before. He made it very clear with those HUGE sign in front of his property.  ..no tresspassing and couple more signs.. They shouldn't have been there… 

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.

lrnsprkls
lrnsprkls

@taxpayer453  Yeah, It's fine for Byron to be completely tormented by these "kids" I guess that he can also defend himself as long as he does it in a politically correct way and doesn't record his unpleasant thoughts. HE HATED THESE LITTLE HOODLUMS and he had every reason too! To him they were his worst enemies. This is a DISGUSTING MISCARRAGE OF JUSTICE! It sickens me!

taxpayer453
taxpayer453

Totally agree. Love how the dirty haired lady called them "precious children". Precious children don't torment people, break in homes and steal from neighbors. Dr Phil says it best. YOU CHOOSE THE BEHAVIOR YOU CHOOSE THE CONSEQUENCES. Amazed how the families of these worthless excuses for human beings never once admitted they brought this on themselves.

Did they actually believe the home owner should have not protected himself? If these little shits had lived, they would continue to rob, steal, bully. Clearly no asset to society.

kimba4
kimba4

Hopefully the tv show will make other punks think twice before they commit a home invasion. Hopefully many other future criminals will learn a lesson.

amotremba
amotremba

That's why I take 1 wing off a fly and 3 legs... Leave them lay there.... So they can be a lesson for the rest of the vermin that try's to enter my home....

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