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Defense attorney Steven Meshbesher (left) and defendant Byron Smith walk into the Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., on Thursday morning, April 24, 2014 as Smith's trial resumes. Smith was indicted on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of two teens in 2012. (Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch)

State rests its case in Little Falls murder trial

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By Sarah Nelson Katzenberger, Forum News Service

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — State prosecutors rested their case Thursday against the man charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two teens in his rural Little Falls home, and the defense began with testimony about break-ins at his home.

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Byron Smith is being tried in Morrison County on first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

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