Bail lowered for Minn. man accused of killing 2

Published On: Dec 17 2012 04:26:49 PM CST
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) -

A judge has lowered bail for a Little Falls man accused of killing two teenage cousins who broke into his rural home.

The Brainerd Dispatch reports the judge Monday reduced conditional bail for Byron David Smith, 64, to $500,000 bond or $50,000 cash. It originally was set at $1 million bond or $100,000 cash.

Conditions of release include Smith surrendering his passport and any firearms and remaining in Minnesota. Smith surrendered his passport in court Monday.

Unconditional bail, set at $2 million bond or $200,000 cash bail, was not changed. Smith was still in jail as of mid-afternoon.

Smith told police he shot and killed 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving. He's charged with two counts of second-degree murder.