Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting Teen Burglars

Prosecutors claimed Byron Smith set a trap

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner

Posted Apr 30, 2014 11:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Minnesota man was convicted of premeditated murder yesterday for shooting and killing two teens who broke into his home in 2012. The prosecution claimed Byron Smith made it look as if he wasn't home, then waited for intruders; his home had been a target of break-ins in the past. (A Montana man was charged with murder this week in a remarkably similar case.) His lawyers argued Smith was defending himself, but the prosecution said he went too far by shooting cousins Haile Kifer and Nick Brady nine times. Newsy reports:

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