I searched for this, but didn't see it. If posted already, please merge threads:
A Minnesota man who allegedly killed two suspected burglars Thanksgiving Day and kept their bodies in his home overnight before reporting the deaths to police said he fired "more shots than I needed," according to a criminal complaint.
Byron David Smith, 64, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder today for the shooting deaths of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nicholas Brady, 17. Smith appeared at a preliminary hearing in court today but did not enter a plea.
The Little Falls man is being held on $2 million bail and his attorney, Gregory Larson, did not respond to a request for comment.
Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said "a person has every right to defend themselves and their homes, even employing deadly force if necessary."
In this case, however, authorities said they believe Smith crossed the line.
History of the homeowner:
A Little Falls man charged with murdering two teenagers who apparently broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day had a job that involved overseeing technical security issues for U.S. embassies.
Byron Smith was a security engineer for the U.S. Department of State. He retired six years ago.
Retired State Department political officer William Davnie tells Minnesota Public Radio News that security engineers oversee construction and repair work for U.S. embassy buildings and consulates. They do not patrol grounds like security officers, but instead focus on technical issues such as building layout and alarms.
Davnie says security engineers are "security conscious" people, and work to protect buildings so spies and terrorists cannot break in.
Smith, 64, is charged with killing 18-year-old Haile Kifer and her cousin, 17-year-old Nicholas Brady.
I'm withholding comment for now.