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Investigators probe prior burglary after teens slain in Little Falls

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Investigators in Little Falls, Minn., have linked the two teens who were killed in a break-in on Thanksgiving Day to a burglary one day earlier, the Star Tribune reports.

Authorities believe Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, also broke into a house 6 miles from the home of Byron Smith, 64, who has been charged with second-degree murder, the newspaper reports.

Smith told investigators he fatally shot the teens after they broke into his home. A joint funeral is set for Saturday.

In the prior burglary, coins and various prescription medications were taken from the home of 68-year-old Richard Johnson, investigators say. Deputies got a call on that Wednesday about a suspicious vehicle, and they spoke to Brady, who said he had run out of gas. Investigators later learned Johnson's home had been burglarized that night. Investigators searched Brady's vehicle several days later and found six bottles of prescription medication, some with Johnson's name on them.

The case has sparked nationwide debate about how far homeowners can go to protect their homes.

The slayings have consumed the town, Fox 9 reports.

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