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  • Byron Smith wins Rex Hospital Open

    Byron Smith won the Rex Hospital Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory

  • Byron Smith re-enters court before the jury made their ruling at the Morrison County Courthouse, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Little Falls, Minn. Smith, who shot and killed 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer during a 2012 Thanksgiving Day break-in, was convicted of premeditated murder. The jury took only about three hours to soundly reject his claim of self-defense. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT.

    Juror: Recording of Minnesota killings was key

    A window shatters. The sound of footsteps is followed by sharp cracks of gunshots, a teenager's groans and a fall. Minutes later, there are more bangs and screams from another teen before she, too, was silenced by a central Minnesota homeowner who was convicted of plotting the whole thing.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

    A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two unarmed teenagers during a break-in was quickly convicted of premeditated murder Tuesday, with a jury taking about three hours to reject his claim of self-defense.

  • Byron Smith, center, comes out of a Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014, during a break in his trial. Smith shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors began the process of deciding whether the killings were justified or whether the homeowner committed murder. Smith, 65, faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17.(AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter) NO SALES.

    Minn. man who killed 2 teen intruders convicted of murder

    Byron Smith, a 65-year-old retiree who once set up security in American embassies for the U.S. State Department, shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, a total of nine times after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

  • Byron Smith, who has been charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, leaves the Morrison County Courthouse after closing arguments in his trial, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Little Falls, Minn. Smith chose not to testify in his own behalf Monday, and his defense rested after calling three character witnesses and a private detective who sought to bolster the homeowner's claim of self-defense. (AP Photo/The St. Cloud Times, Dave Schwarz) NO SALES

    Minnesota man convicted of premeditated murder

    A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two unarmed teenagers during a break-in was quickly convicted of premeditated murder Tuesday, with a jury taking about three hours to reject his claim of self-defense.

  • Closings set for Minnesota man who killed teens

    A Minnesota man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 chose not to testify in his own behalf Monday, and his defense rested after calling three character witnesses and a private detective who sought to bolster the homeowner's claim of self-defense.

  • Doctor: Slain Minnesota teens shot multiple times

    The two Minnesota cousins killed by a man who claimed he was defending himself after they broke into his home were each shot multiple times, a medical examiner testified Thursday, and while the initial gunshots caused serious injury, they did not immediately incapacitate the teens.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

    Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

  • Byron Smith, center, comes out of a Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014, during a break in his trial. Smith shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors began the process of deciding whether the killings were justified or whether the homeowner committed murder. Smith, 65, faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17.(AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter) NO SALES.

    Minn. man who shot and killed teens during home invasion called them 'vermin'

    A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers after they broke into his home called them "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after the shootings.

  • Jurors hear defendant's audio of fatal shootings

    Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins.

  • Byron Smith, center, comes out of a Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014, during a break in his trial. Smith shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors began the process of deciding whether the killings were justified or whether the homeowner committed murder. Smith, 65, faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17.(AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter) NO SALES.

    Minnesota homeowner's interview played at trial

    The day after a Minnesota man killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-caliber "doesn't go through bone very well," according to an audiotaped interview played in court Monday.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

    The day after a Minnesota man killed two teens who entered his home, he matter-of-factly described the shootings in chilling detail, telling authorities he finished off one teen with a shot under her chin because a .22-caliber "doesn't go through bone very well," according to an audiotaped interview played in court Monday.

  • Jury picked to hear Little Falls murder case

    Court officials say a jury has been picked to hear the case of a Little Falls homeowner who claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed two teens who entered his home.

  • Jury selection begins in Minnesota homeowner trial

    Jury selection is underway in the trial of a central Minnesota man who claims self-defense when he fatally shot two teenagers in his home.

  • Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

    After a central Minnesota man repeatedly shot a teen who entered his home, he dragged the boy's bloodied body into a basement workshop, authorities say, sat down - and waited.

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  • "I just wasn't making anything," Smith said. "I hit it amazing for four rounds and finally got the putter working on the weekend. I stayed patient and didn't try to force anything. I just kept hitting quality iron shots and giving myself good looks. Thankfully a couple started to drop."

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  • He said jurors went through each charge point by point, "and reasonably quickly came to the conclusion that we thought it was in fact premeditated," Hatlestad said.

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