Byron Smith Jury Selection: Day Two
Jury selection continued today in the trial of the Little Falls man charged with killing two teenagers who broke into his home.
Byron Smith, 65, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Haile Kifer and Nicholas Brady. Smith is accused of killing Kifer, 18, and Brady, 17, after they broke into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.
Smith claims he was acting in self-defense. Authorities say he shot them multiple times after they were no longer a threat.
Four more jurors were selected for the trial today: two men and two women. So far, six women and four men have been selected to serve on the 14-person jury, which includes two alternates.
130 prospective jurors were called for this case. Fifteen jurors will be called each morning and each afternoon until the entire 14-person jury has been selected.
The trial could start as soon as next week. If convicted, Smith faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.