LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - Documents filed in Morrison County in mid-January indicate a teenager fatally shot by a Little Falls homeowner had burglarized the man's home several times.
The documents charge a 17-year old from Little Falls with two counts of aiding and abetting burglary in what investigators say were a pair of crimes targeting 64-year-old Byron Smith, charged with two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of a pair of Little Falls cousins.
Nicholas Brady, age 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, age 18, were fatally shot Thanksgiving day as they made their way down the stairs to the basement of Smith's home. He has claimed the shootings were in self defense as the teens had broken into his house.
Prosecutors say the 17-year-old teen, who had done lawn work for Smith, acted as a lookout for Brady in at least two previous burglaries at the home. The first was in the summer of 2012 when the teen says Brady broke into Smith's home and stole a video camera and money.
Smith's defense team is expected to build their case on the repeated pattern of burglaries and his increasing fear for his safety. He is currently free after posting $50,000 bail.
The second was in October of 2012 when the teen suspect told investigators that Brady broke into Smith's garage and stole a number of items.
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