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Two teens shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day

 
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11/26/2012 03:54 PM
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Two teens shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day
Byron Smith was charged with second degree murder after he said he shot two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving.


a person has every right to defend themselves and their homes, even employing deadly force if necessary.

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Re: Two teens shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day
Depends if they where leaving you can't shoot,they are no longer a threat
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Im pro 2nd amendment, but .A girl and a boy.. he had their bodies in his basement and didnt report it until a cop knocked at the door.. u dont movie bodies after a shooting, unless u want to ruin all credibility of your story.. he murdered them.
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Re: Two teens shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day
I Know this is an old thread but this is in recent news, so decided to bump this thread instead of creating one myself.

Here is another link posted today April 21, 2014

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My take on this is below.

Sounds like he went a bit overboard on the fact that he made sure they were dead, otherwise, He had every right to shoot them. Wounding them would have been enough. It would have supplied enough evidence for them to be prosecuted for their crime, even if they had fled. Was his actions premeditated? NO. He was simply guarding his house and shot intruders which is justifiable.. Were his actions heavily overdone? I believe so.

Yet, I would not have wanted to be a horse thief in the 1800's The penalty for that (and still is on some books I believe), is death by hanging. Coupled with the fact that this was NOT the first time his home had broken into, realistically it can be attributed that he was insanely outraged that someone chose to yet again burglarize his home and his egregious actions toward these individuals resulting in their death were the action spurred by that insanity. So, It is my opinion, that his actions, while extreme to the situation, he likely should not be held accountable for murder based upon the circumstances. I say acquit him on basis of insanity and self defence of his home.bump
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Synopsis.

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, a prosecutor said Monday in his opening statement.

Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. The killings rocked the small central Minnesota town of about 8,000 and stirred debate about how far a person can go in defending their home.

Smith has claimed self-defense, saying he feared the teens were armed and he was on edge after earlier, repeated break-ins at his home. Under Minnesota law, a person may use deadly force to prevent a felony from taking place in one's home or dwelling, but authorities have said Smith crossed a line when he continued to shoot the teens after they were no longer a threat.