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Little Falls shooting: Smith charged with two counts of second-degree murder

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LITTLE FALLS — A rural Little Falls man was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two teenagers who allegedly broke into his home Thanksgiving Day. Byron David Smith is accused of killing two cousins, 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nicholas Brady Schaeffel, Thursday in his home near Little Falls.

Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf called the events on Thanksgiving Day a “terrible tragedy for the whole community.”

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