Minn. man says he 'fired more shots than I needed'

Published On: Nov 26 2012 11:22:36 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2012 11:22:27 AM CST
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A Minnesota homeowner who shot two teenagers in the midst of an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in told authorities he feared they had a weapon.

But Byron David Smith of Little Falls acknowledged in a criminal complaint that he fired "more shots than (he) needed to." Smith also described "a good clean finishing shot" for one teen.

Smith was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady.


A Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenagers he says broke into his home.

Byron David Smith, 64, is charged in a criminal complaint filed Monday.

The complaint quotes Smith telling investigators he shot Nicholas Brady Schaffel, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, as they came down into his basement.

The complaint says Smith told investigators he fired "more shots than I needed to." He told them he was afraid the teens might have a weapon.