Little Falls man charged with Thanksgiving shooting

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A Little Falls man was charged on Monday for two teens that were shot and killed on Thanksgiving, Fox News reported.

The cousins, Haile Kifer, 18, and Nicholas Brady, 17, were allegedly shot by Byron David Smith, 64, according to Fox News.

Smith was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder, according to the Associated Press.

The cousins were shot during an apparent Thanksgiving Day break-in, the Associated Press reported. Smith allegedly shot Kifer several times as she made her way into his basement. After she fell to the ground laughing, Smith said he shot her several more times in the chest.

"If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," Smith told investigators, the Associated Press reported.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel told Fox News, Smith's actions exceed self-defense after the bodies were found on Friday.

Minnesota laws allow homeowners to defend themselves against intruders, the Associated Press reported. Smith said he believed the intruders may have had a weapon.

"The law doesn't permit you to execute somebody once a threat is gone," Wetzel said.

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