Little Falls apprehensive over Smith's release

6:52 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - Murder suspect Byron Smith, 64, of Little Falls, left the Morrison County Jail Tuesday morning after posting a $50,000 bail bond. Smith is charged with the shooting deaths of two teenagers who allegedly were trying to burglarize Smith's house on Thanksgiving Day.

"I am not too comfortable with that," said Jeanie Rudolph, Little Falls resident. "You know, there's two lives lost and he waited until the next day to even say anything and then he reported it to a neighbor who called the police department. I do not think he's quite taking responsibility for what he did. You know, for what happened.

In an emotional bail hearing on Monday, Prosecutor Todd Kosovich said an audio recording of the killings shows Smith taunted Haile Kifer, 18, as he shot her multiple times. Her cousin, Nicholas Brady, 17, had already been shot and killed. Kosovich argued that Smith's actions went beyond self-defense and were an ambush.

Smith's bail was once $1,000,000, but Judge Douglas Anderson reduced it by half. Smith only had to post 10% of that, or $50,000. Thus, he was able to leave Jail Tuesday morning.

"MY opinion is I don't know if it's a good idea for him to be out," said Frances Webber, Little Falls, "because there could be more problems with him being out and I think there's more to this case than we all know."

Restaurant owner Charlie Peterka agreed that there is more to be revealed. "A lot of people weren't in the room. I didn't see any of the video that was inside of his house and I just don't have enough facts to comment either way."

Smith's attorney, Steve Meshbesher, insisted that neither he nor Smith will have any comment on the case outside of the courtroom. No further court date in the case has been set.

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