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Boy accused of burglary before Little Falls deaths

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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Little Falls teenager has

been charged with burglarizing the home of a man in the months before

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he allegedly shot and killed two other teens who broke into his house.

Seventeen-year-old Cody Kasper was charged Tuesday in connection with two burglaries at the home of Byron Smith.

The 64-year-old Smith is charged in the Thanksgiving Day slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

Smith's

attorney, Steve Meshbesher, says Kasper and Brady worked on Smith's

property last summer. Meshbesher tells the Star Tribune

(http://bit.ly/X1gYg8 ) the charges against Kasper show Smith had been

victimized in the months before the shootings. Meshbesher says Smith

was scared.

Washington County Attorney

Pete Orput is prosecuting Smith's case. He says Smith is using the

prior burglaries as an excuse for murder.

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