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Man Kills 2 Teens In Alleged Burglary

Crystal Shaeffel 27, of Little Falls, cries after walking up the driveway of the home of Byron David Smith in Little Falls, Minn., Sunday. Her brother Nick Brady, 17, and cousin Haile Kifer, 18, were shot and killed during an alleged break-in on Thanksgiving day at the home. But authorities said his actions exceeded reasonable self-defense and planned to charge him Monday with second-degree murder. You can read the story of these strange killings here. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Renee Jones Schneider)

Question: Smith's actions seem cold-blooded to me. But I want to know what you think. Should he be charged with second-degree murder?


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