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Mr. Smith told investigators he shot Haile Kifer, 18, several times as she descended a stairway into his basement, and his Mini 14 rifle jammed as he tried to shoot her again after she had tumbled down the steps.

Though Miss Kifer was “already hurting,” she let out a short laugh, Mr. Smith told investigators. He then pulled out his .22-caliber revolver and shot her several times in the chest, according to the complaint.

“If you’re trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again,” Mr. Smith told investigators, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Mr. Smith is also charged in the death of Miss Kifer’s cousin, Nicholas Brady, 17.

Minnesota law allows a homeowner to use deadly force on an intruder if a reasonable person would fear they are in danger of harm, and Mr. Smith told investigators he was afraid the intruders might have a weapon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports