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DIE YOU BASTARDS THE HOME OWNER SAID BEFORE HE SHOT THE TWO TEEN INTRUDERS Byron Smith, who described the teens he killed as 'vermin', takes a break during the first day of his trial www.crimefiles.net Little Falls, Minnesota:  A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as “vermin”.   Byron Smith of Little Falls faces first-degree premeditated murder charges in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.   Mr Smith, 65, claimed he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins at his home. Prosecutors say Mr Smith planned the killings. They say he sat in a chair in his basement and waited for the teens to enter his home instead of calling police. Smith waited a full day after he shot them before asking a neighbour to call the authorities.   The day after Mr Smith killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-calibre “doesn’t go through bone very well,” according to  an audio recording of a police interview played in court.   The killings stunned this central Minnesota community and stirred debate about how far people can go to defend their homes.

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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.   The teens were not armed, but Mr Smith told authorities he assumed they were — and he thought they had taken guns from his house in a past burglary.   Assistant Washington County Attorney Brent Wartner told jurors that Smith thought a neighbour girl had been breaking into his home. On that day, he moved his truck away from his house, sat in his basement “and he waited”, Mr Wartner said.

Haile Kifer was shot dead after entering Byron Smith's house on Thanksgiving, 2012. She was unarmed www.crimefiles.net
Haile Kifer was shot dead after entering Byron Smith’s house on Thanksgiving, 2012. She was unarmed. Photo: Facebook
Nick Brady killed with his cousin Haile Kifer, after breaking into a home in Little Falls, Minnesota. www.crimefiles.net
Nick Brady: killed with his cousin Haile Kifer, after breaking into a home in Little Falls, Minnesota. Photo: Facebook
“He’s down in the basement, in a chair, tucked between two bookcases at the bottom of the stairs. He said he was down there reading a book … with his Mini-14, a .22-calibre revolver, some energy bars and a bottle of water,” Mr Wartner said
Authorities who searched Mr Smith’s home after the killings testified on Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on and an operating video surveillance system. The recorder was sitting on top of books on a bookshelf, near a chair where prosecutors say Mr Smith waited for the teens.   Prosecutors say Mr Smith planned the killings.
They say he sat in a chair in his basement and waited for the teens to enter his home instead of calling police. Smith waited a full day after he shot them before asking a neighbour to call the authorities.   The day after Mr Smith killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-calibre “doesn’t go through bone very well,” according to  an audio recording of a police interview played in court.
The killings stunned this central Minnesota community and stirred debate about how far people can go to defend their homes.   Mr Smith’s home recording also captured the actual shootings, including Ms Kifer screaming after she was shot. Janet Nelson, a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, testified that the full recording was six hours and 24 minutes long. She condensed it into 29 minutes of highlights, enhancing volume in some areas, and cutting background noise in others.
The tape was presented to jurors as a sequence of events, but defence attorneys raised questions about the recording on cross-examination, noting it had been spliced and altered, and some key pieces of information were left out.   The recording presented in court apparently starts before the shootings, with Mr Smith talking about having someone come over and giving instructions on where to park. Mr Smith also is heard saying: “I realise I don’t have an appointment, but I would like to see one of the lawyers here.”
The next sound played in court was the sound of glass shattering, followed by footsteps and heavy breathing. The recorder captured the sounds of Mr Smith shooting Mr Brady as he came down the stairs, including a groan from Mr Brady after the first shot. A total of three shots were fired, and Mr Smith can be heard saying “You’re dead.”   The criminal complaint says Mr Smith then placed Mr Brady’s body on a tarp and dragged it into another room, then sat down and reloaded his weapon.
Ms Kifer then comes down the stairs. More shots are fired, and Ms Kifer screams. Then Mr Smith said: “You’re dying” and called her “b—-” twice. Another shot was heard soon after. In a statement to investigators, Mr Smith called it a “finishing shot.”   Then, Smith whispers: “I’m safe now,” according to the recording.   Ms Nelson said for the next several hours, Smith can be heard talking to himself, often in whispers.   He is heard repeating the request for someone to come to his house, and repeating the parking directions he apparently recited before the shootings.
He also said: “I was doing my civic duty … I had to do it.”   And he said the girl “was going to go through her life spoiling things for other people.”   In the police interview recordings, Mr Smith can be heard politely recounting details to investigators. As the recordings were played on Monday, Mr Smith sat still at the defence table, at some points crying.   He said he didn’t call police because the teens were already dead and “just cause my Thanksgiving is screwed up I don’t need to screw up yours.” The next day, he asked a neighbour to call police.
Mr Smith is a retired security engineer for the US Department of State.   Ms Kifer and Mr Brady were cousins. The two were well-known in the community, and both were involved in sports. Court documents from another case show Mr Brady had  burgled Smith’s property at least twice in the months before he was killed.
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Woman’s terror

as gang invades home

Glenda Kwek

May 17, 2011 – 1:04PM

A woman was hit with a baseball bat, sprayed in the face with capsicum and had her car set on fire in a violent home invasion in Sydney’s west last night.

Police said this afternoon the attack at Debby Way, Toongabbie, about 10pm may not have been random and the assailants may have been known to the woman.

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The 51-year-old victim was in the house with a toddler when the gang burst in through the front door.

The woman went to the backyard and tried to hide with the child, police said.

But as she ran to the side of the house, one of the gang members hit her arm with a baseball bat and sprayed capsicum in her face.

A bottle of accelerant was thrown into her 1998-model Holden Commodore sedan and set ablaze, police said.

The attackers then left.

The woman was treated at the house for her injuries, which were not specified, Detective Inspector Ian Woodward of Blacktown police said.

Police did not say if the woman was related to the toddler. There was also no further description of the attackers.

Detective Inspector Woodward said investigators were looking at whether the attack was related to a domestic incident.

But he added that nothing was stolen and police were treating the case as an assault.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the attack “went on for a fair while” – about several hours.

“It started early in the night and [six youths] left and came back in three car loads. It finished when they set fire to the car and smashed all the windows at the front of the house.

“All the neighbours were frightened because the car’s on fire and all the houses are close together. It’s not a nice sight to have in your street.”

A police spokeswoman said it did it not appear there had been other similar attacks on the street in the past.

Investigators appealed for anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on             1800 333 000      .


Machete, axe used in bloody

home invasion

Aja Styles April 21, 2011

A 19-year-old man is in serious condition in Royal Perth Hospital after being attacked with an axe and machete during a violent home invasion that also left his friend with machete wounds.

Four men, including two armed with the sharp weapons, allegedly barged their way into a Wellington Street unit in the Perth CBD at 5.20pm yesterday.

The 19-year-old and a 20-year-old man were inside with four others when the gang pounced, police said.

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The 20-year-old was the first to be struck to the neck with a machete, causing a deep laceration. Police said he was further assaulted but managed to run away and barricade himself in another room.

Meanwhile the 19-year-old was struck to the head and body with an axe and machete, causing deep lacerations, and was further punched and kicked.

Police allege the offenders ransacked the unit and threatened the remaining occupants for money before fleeing the scene.

Officers managed to arrest the two men they believe were the main offenders shortly afterwards.

Perth City Detectives have charged a 27-year-old Northbridge man and a 22-year-old Herne Hill man with grievous bodily harm, unlawful wounding and aggravated burglary.

They will face the Perth Magistrates Court today.

Police are still seeking a third man, described as being 175 centimetres tall, of medium build, in his early 40s, with brown hair and brown eyes.

The 20-year-old man was taken to RPH for treatment but has since been released, his friend remains in a serious condition.


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