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With bail reduced, Little Falls shooter may get out of jail

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Byron David Smith, the 64-year-old Little Falls man being held in the fatal shooting of two teenagers in his basement on Thanksgiving Day, may soon be released from jail. WCCO reports Smith's family members are working to raise the money needed to meet his newly-reduced bail.

The Associated Press reports the judge lowered Smith's conditional bail from $1 million to $500,000.

Prosecutors argued against the bail reduction. As the Star Tribune reports, they supported their argument by revealing the contents of an audiotape that recorded the sounds of the killing. Prosecutors said Smith taunted and cursed one of the teens before killing her.

Haile Kifer, 18, and 17-year-old Nick Brady, who investigators say had broken into Smith's home, were laid to rest two weeks ago.

Smith has been held in jail on second-degree murder charges. The Minnesota attorney general's office has rejected a request from the Morrison County Attorney to help prosecute the case.

Meanwhile, questions raised by the shooting continue to trouble and divide the town, the Star Tribune reports. Debate centers on whether Smith was protecting his home or whether he stepped over the line into cold-blooded murder when he killed the unarmed teens.

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