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Byron Smith leaves the Morrison County courtroom Tuesday, April 29, 2014, after closing arguments in the murder trial. Smith was later convicted of murder in the deaths of Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer in 2012. BRAINERD DISPATCH/Steve Kohls

Minnesota man found guilty of murder in teens’ shooting deaths

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A man who claimed he feared for his life when he fatally shot two teenagers in his central Minnesota home was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder.


Byron Smith, 65, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and indicted on two counts of first-degree murder after the killings of Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, on Thanksgiving Day 2012, when the cousins entered his rural Little Falls home without permission.

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