Day 5 was slow at the Little Falls murder trial, but the jury learned how the police uncover one of Mr. Smith’s stolen guns. And they were able to get a better understanding of how extensive Mr. Smith’s property really is.
Sheriff Michel Wetzel testified he was informed and lead to a swampy area where Smith’s 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun was buried. The shotgun along with another gun and valuables were stolen from Smith house a month before the shooting.
Byron Smith’s attorney Steve Meshbesher says, “I want them to see a photograph of that gun, the purpose of that gun. Byron knew it was missing. And he was afraid that somebody broke into his house who had that gun could shot him with that gun. And I want the jury to see the gun they stole. That’s just one of two guns. But that gun if they can see it, it can blow Byron in half. It’s a powerful weapon.”
The defense also called three friends to explain how frightened he was before the shooting. The first witness said he had to ring the doorbell twice and knock before Smith would answer the door. The other two witnesses talked to Smith after the October 27th burglary.
Neighbor, Georgia Anderson said on the stand, “I could barely hardly recognize him.” And, “His eyes, he looked like he hadn’t been sleeping.”
The defense’s final witness was a private investigator they hired. Before court was adjourned he explained of other break-ins on Smith’s 13-acre property. Smith has a two level house in the woods, 2 detached multi-car garages and a shed on his property.
On Monday the defense plans on continuing with their private investigator they hired to finish telling the court his report.