The Byron David Smith killings occurred on Thanksgiving Day of 2012, when Haile Kifer, 18, and her cousin, Nicholas Brady, 17, broke into the home of Byron David Smith, 65, in Little Falls, Minnesota, in the United States.
They thought the house was empty, but Smith was waiting for them in the basement with a loaded rifle. He opened fire and killed both of them as they entered the room, later stating to police he was worried about them being armed. The case sparked debate over the so-called “Castle doctrine”.
On November 22, 2012, Kifer and Brady broke into Smith’s home, he shot Brady two times while he was at the top of the stairs. Then he delivered a fatal shot to the head when the teen landed on the floor of the basement.
Minutes later when Kifer entered the basement, he shot her at the top of the stairs. Wounded, she fell down the stairs, and after Smith’s rifle jammed, he shot her multiple times in the chest with a 22-caliber revolver, dragged her across the floor to set her beside the body of her cousin, and then shot her fatally under the chin. Audio and video of the events was recorded by Smith’s security system Kifer followed the sound of the gunshots and Smith shot her as well.
The entire incident was captured on audio tape by Smith, who had been sitting in the basement waiting for the teens for six hours. On the tape, Smith can be heard rehearsing what he’d say to police and lawyers after the fact. VIA – YOUTUBE.