You may recall the story of Byron David Smith, the 64 year old man from Little Falls, Minnesota who shot and killed the two teen intruders who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day. Smith’s statement to the police was quite chilling. The general thought by prosecutors was that the incident went far beyond self-defense.
Since the incident, the teen intruders’ character has been called into question. Why did they break in? What were they looking for? Had they broken into Smith’s home in the past? So many questions and not enough answers. The teens’ funerals were held a couple of weeks back and then the story dropped off the front pages of local newspapers.
Smith’s bail hearing brought it all back this week as prosecutors argued for a higher bail amount pointing to the details contained in the audio recording of the incident. Yes, that is correct – the audio recording of the incident. Smith audio recorded the whole thing and apparently hearing all the things that happened and that were said is even more disturbing than just reading Smith’s account of the events. Prosecutors asserted that on the audio recording Smith can be heard telling Haile Kifer, the 18 year old female who was shot, “You’re dying.” Then he shot her again.
The court didn’t raise the bail amount. Smith posted $50,000, handed over his passport and guns, and walked out of jail today. That will probably be the last we hear about Smith for awhile – likely until his trial. I am fine with that. Heaven knows we’ll all hear more than we are comfortable hearing when the trial begins and the audio recordings are played in court.
There is one thing I will be listening intently for when that trial rolls around though - Smith’s rationale for recording the events. I find that behavior disturbingly peculiar and a bit damning in regard to Smith’s intent. I can see where that recording may be Smith’s ultimate undoing. But what do I know? It is said that you can’t believe everything you hear…or can you?
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