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Smith Decision Effects on Self-Defense Law

According to Minnesota Statute 609.06, a person may use reasonable force when resisting a trespassing. The key word in question during the Byron Smith case was “reasonable.” We talked to attorneys and law enforcement officers about how the case’s decision will...
Posted On Apr. 29 2014

Byron Smith Found Guilty

A Morrison County jury has found Byron Smith guilty on two counts each of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder. The jury deliberated about three hours before announcing its decision. Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without...

Little Falls Byron Smith Trial Day 3

Day 3 for the Little Falls man, who’s on trial for killing two teenagers who broke into his home. Emotions were high again after the court heard a longer version of defendant Byron Smith’s audio surveillance of the events of that Thanksgiving afternoon. In the court the jury...
Posted On Apr. 23 2014
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Little Falls Byron Smith Trial Day 2

Day 2 of the Little Falls Murder Trial. The courtroom heard defendant Byron Smith’s audio recorder he used for surveillance, which had audio of both teenagers entering Mr. Smith’s house and both shootings. The court will not release the audio files until after the court. The...
Posted On Apr. 22 2014
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Byron Smith Trial Day One

Day one of the trial of a Little Falls, Minnesota, man who’s accused of killing two teenagers he thought were breaking into his home brought a near packed house. Today the court heard defendant Byron Smith’s police statement outlining the events and his emotions that afternoon....
Posted On Apr. 21 2014
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