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Byron Smith leaves the Morrison County Courtroom Tuesday April 29, 2014 after closing arguments in the murder trial. Smith is charged with two counts of first degree pre-mediated murder in the deaths of Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer in 2012. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Update: Little Falls man found guilty on all counts in double murder case

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LITTLE FALLS -- A central Minnesota man was found guilty today of murdering two teenagers in his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

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After deliberating for three hours and 20 minutes, jurors in Morrison County found Byron Smith, 65, of rural Little Falls, guilty on all four charges he faced: two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Smith has never denied killing Haile Kifer, 18, and her cousin Nick Brady, 17, but said he feared for his life after they entered his home without permission.

Update 3:45 p.m.: Little Falls man found guilty on all counts in double murder case

The Brainerd Dispatch reports a Morris County District Court jury has found Byron Smith guilty on all four counts of first and second degree murder in the deaths of two Little Falls area teens on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

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