Man Convicted of Murder for Shooting Teen Burglars
Prosecutors claimed Byron Smith set a trap
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Posted Apr 30, 2014 11:58 AM CDT
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(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.

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Norman Johnson
May 2, 2014 3:53 PM CDT
I don't agree with the verdict here.The teens broke into his home.He was defending his property, and they could have possessed weapons,even guns,who knew? In Texas,he'd be a free man.
May 2, 2014 3:26 PM CDT
There's nothing wrong with shooting them to disable them; they were terrorizing the community with breaking into homes and he was defending his property, a guaranteed right codified into Minnesotan law. What incriminated him on grounds of premeditation is the audio device he set up, what he said during the shooting, and the fact he shot them multiple times in close range. Had the two teens broken into any other home and been shot once or twice and just happened to die as a result of it, then the suspect in that case shouldn't receive an equal sentence. In this case the actus reus was present; the fact he shot them multiple times and then spoke on it advocated for the Crown's interpretation of the mens rea.
May 1, 2014 11:46 AM CDT
Step 1) don't burglarize Step 2) if you cannot control yourself, make sure nobody is home Step 3) if they're going to be home, you sure as hell better not hit this guy's house Three people made stupid, criminal none of them will ever be walking among us again.