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Byron Smith contests restitution in Little Falls killings

LITTLE FALLS — The man convicted of murdering two teens at his rural Little Falls home in 2012 testified in court Tuesday as he contests the restitution payment prosecutors are seeking.

Smith was convicted in April of murdering Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Smith took the stand for about 15 minutes to testify about items stolen in a series of burglaries at his home before the shootings, crying as he described his family building the house on the Mississippi River.

Smith argues that because Brady stole items, he shouldn’t have to pay restitution to Brady’s family, the Star Tribune reported. He’s also contesting the $21,859 he was ordered to pay Kifer’s family.

Brady’s friend Cody Kasper, 18, testified that he acted as a lookout during three burglaries in which Brady stole cash, a chain saw, copper wire and other items, according to the newspaper. Kasper said he knew of guns Brady had stolen from Smith in a separate burglary he was not involved in, he testified.

Smith testified that more than $53,000 in cash, coins and other items were taken from his house during five burglaries, the paper reported, and that his insurance reimbursed him for $16,000.

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