Updated: 04/29/2014 6:58 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart
A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in was quickly convicted of premeditated murder Tuesday, with a jury taking only about three hours to soundly reject his claim of self-defense.
Byron Smith, a 65-year-old retiree who once set up security in American embassies for the U.S. State Department, shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, a total of nine times after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith's attorney said he was fearful after previous burglaries.
Hamline University law professor Joseph Daly and Minneapolis defense attorney Christa Groshek stopped by KSTP to discuss the verdict and trial.