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Little Falls shooting: Previous break-in at home where teens shot

Posted: November 26, 2012 - 11:01am
In a Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 photo, Byron David Smith's brother walks past the bedroom window of Byron's home where Nick Brady, and cousin Haile Kifer, allegedly broke in before they were shot and killed by Byron on Thanksgiving Day, in Little Falls, Minn. Byron David Smith, 64, of Little Falls, told police he shot Kifer, 18, and Brady, 17, during a break-in Thursday. But authorities said his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and planned to charge him Monday with second-degree murder.  AP Photo/The Star Tribune
AP Photo/The Star Tribune
In a Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 photo, Byron David Smith's brother walks past the bedroom window of Byron's home where Nick Brady, and cousin Haile Kifer, allegedly broke in before they were shot and killed by Byron on Thanksgiving Day, in Little Falls, Minn. Byron David Smith, 64, of Little Falls, told police he shot Kifer, 18, and Brady, 17, during a break-in Thursday. But authorities said his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and planned to charge him Monday with second-degree murder.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The home of a Minnesota man held in the shooting deaths of two teenage cousins has been burglarized at least once before.

Byron David Smith of Little Falls told police he shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady during a break-in Thursday. But authorities say his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and plan to charge him Monday.

Smith's brother, Bruce Smith, tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/WPRzYi ) it was the eighth burglary at Byron Smith's home in recent years.

The only report the Morrison County sheriff's office has is for one break-in on Oct. 27. It shows Byron Smith reported losing cash, gold coins, two guns, photo equipment and a ring.

Bruce Smith declined to talk to an Associated Press reporter Monday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.