Northern MN Murder Trial Set for Monday Morning

Created: 04/21/2014 6:16 AM

(LITTLE FALLS) -- Opening statements are set to begin Monday morning in the Byron Smith trial in Little Falls.

Smith is facing two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. The two cousins broke into his home in 2012.

Smith has claimed he was defending himself and was fearful the teens had a weapon. Authorities say he shot them multiple times after they were no longer a threat.
After three days of jury selection last week, seven men and seven women were picked to sit on the jury. Two of those 14 will be alternates.   

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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