Judge asked to consider gag order in Little Falls shooting case


The attorney representing the Little Falls homeowner charged in the deaths of two teenage intruders asked a judge to consider a gag order.

The Star Tribune reports that Byron Smith's attorney Steven Meshbesher argued that statements by prosecutor Pete Orput were inflammatory and could prejudice Smith’s right to a fair trial. He filed a motion to restrict lawyers from talking about the case with the media in Morrison County District Court. Earlier Orput filed a motion asking that the defense be prevented from releasing reports, photographs, audio recordings and other evidence.

Judge Douglas Anderson is expected to decide the issues within the next week. Smith, 64, faces two second-degree murder charges in the Thanksgiving Day shootings of Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18.

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