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Byron Smith Trial: Lawyer advised Smith not to testify

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LITTLE FALLS — Defense attorney Steven Meshbesher told reporters Monday it was his decision to not have Byron Smith testify.

Smith is on trial in Morrison County for two first-degree murder indictments in the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shooting deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer after the pair entered Smith’s home without permission.

Meshbesher said Smith was willing to take the stand. “He was wanting to do anything,” Meshbesher said. “He was taking my advice.”

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