We’re following the trial this week of Byron Smith, the 65-year old Little Falls man who killed two teenagers inside his home. The testimony heard thus far in the trial is enough, in our opinion, to conclude that he went further than the law allows by intentionally killing the two teens. In our Minnesota Permit to Carry course and our Utah Conceal Carry course, we emphasize that you shoot just enough to remove the threat and no more. What this man seems to have done is not only removed the threat, but also to have intentionally killed the teens so they would stop breaking into his house.
There are no winners in this event. We’ll see how Smith’s lawyer handles his rebuttal, but thus far, Smith looks guilty of 1st degree murder in two counts.