Byron David Smith, 64, was charged Monday in the Thanksgiving Day shooting deaths of two teenagers who broke into his home outside Little Falls, Minn., the Star Tribune reports.
Smith shot and wounded both Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18, as they walked separately – several minutes apart – down his basement steps, according to a criminal complaint. After they had tumbled to the floor, wounded, he shot them repeatedly at close range, the complaint says. He shot Brady as the teen looked up at him, the complaint says.
Smith told investigators that Kifer laughed when his rifle jammed after he had shot and wounded her. He then used a revolver to kill her, he told police.
"If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again," Smith said, according to the complaint, according to the Associated Press.
Smith then waited 24 hours with the bodies in his home before notifying anyone. He asked a neighbor to contact authorities.
One friend of Smith said he was a nice guy who kept to himself, KARE 11 reports.
Smith's brother said it was self-defense, and that he had been the victim of previous home burglaries, the Star Tribune reports. But the newspaper reports that family of the teens think his actions went way beyond self-defense.