Listen: Byron Smith, Nick Brady, Byron discussed on Dateline NBC
"The story a of what happened on ELM street spread quickly around little falls Minnesota. That two teenagers had broken into Byron. Smith's house leaving the terrified homeowner no choice choice but to shoot them in self defense. His friends and neighbors John and Kathy Lang had no trouble believing it. What was scary? It was very personal to him because they were really attacking his home but the family of those intruders. They were in shock. I didn't believe I I thought it was completely not right or untrue. Teenage cousins Nick Brady and Haley. Kafer had gone missing the day before Thanksgiving. Now as she learned the circumstances of her son's death nick's mother had so many questions. How do you reconcile in your head? You're beautiful boy who loves the outdoors and what they're telling you that he broke into somebody's house as a kind of Agean it so so not him so you just couldn't i. I had a lot of trouble. Kimberly had never heard the name Byron Smith but Rachel had. I knew that my I brother had worked for him in the summer but I didn't know him at all. Nick had once done yard work at Byron Smith's House now the sheriff had evidence of what he was doing there again. Byron had set up surveillance cameras at his home frightened. After a string of break-ins those cameras proved there was no mistake about the break in just after twelve thirty the cameras pick up a man approaching the house. The hooded figure is nick. He looks through several windows. It was as if checking to see if someone's home. He clutches his hood closely concealing his face. Jeremy Lubri- is an investigative sergeant with the Morrison County Sheriff's Department Department. You could see that there had been what appeared to be a little bit of casing Don on Nicholas Brady's part even heads toward one of the cameras and tries to dismantle it then. He walked out of camera. Range shatters a window and enters the house minutes later. The camera shows another hooded. Figure this one carrying wearing a purse and a cell phone. It's Haley on the video. It shows that the female head come walking up through the yard up towards the house. All on tape clear clear as daylight but why what. We're nick and Haley up to that day. They both went to my school at one time. Dylan Lang is the son of Byron. Sprints John and Kathy what did you know about those teenagers. I knew that nick was aggressive. He would be the kid who would push ship against the locker and kind of a bully. Right he was a bully and as it turned out a thief after the shootings authorities determined that nick had been behind one of those previous burglaries at Byron's house just a month earlier he and a friend broke through this door and stole thousands of dollars in cash and priceless priceless family heirlooms and more disturbingly to guns. They took things that were really important and then wanted took the guns. He thought he was going to get shot by his own gun. He was extremely afraid to sergeant bluebirds. It all looked like a classic case of trouble making kids crossing the line into dangerous juris criminal behavior. You have two teenagers. That seem to be running kind of rapid you can obviously see that. They had a change in their lives. The evidence appeared to all be there clearly captured on that surveillance video. Nick and Haley had broken in and Byron. Smith seemed to have every reason to be afraid the impression that he kind of left on me was that he was living in fear he was not sleeping. It was obviously bothering him. Physically and emotionally at first even nick's mom while she didn't want to believe much of what she was learning about. Her son tried to imagine in herself in Byron Shoes. At don't believe that breaking entering is right. Don't wouldn't have expected are my son. It looked like a tragedy all around two intruders and a fearful homeowner with no choice but to shoot them. We know you have a right to protect your home to protect yourself but a quick survey of the scene told Sheriff Wetzel that the teenagers were unarmed. As with any shooting it would require more investigation. It would be ordinary with two people dead in the home that nobody is leaving until we figure out what happened beginning with one question a pretty big one. Why in the world are we only hearing hearing about the shooting of two people in a house a day later it turns out sergeant? Bluebirds and other deputies had rushed Byron. Smith's house Friday afternoon only only to learn that the break in and shootings happened Thursday on Thanksgiving Day. I asked him I said. Why didn't you call on forcement? And he tells me I didn't WanNA bother. You guys is on Thanksgiving Day. That struck the sheriff as extremely odd. Nobody worries about wrecking our thanksgiving. Don't worry about wrecking our day. So the intruder pruder's had been dead for twenty four hours when Byron called a neighbor for help and asked him to call the sheriff's Office. When you found out that Byron Smith had waited waited twenty four hours my mind was then why if he was so scared? Why don't you be on the phone? I mean because those the kids had families that were waiting and then for him to say he didn't WanNa bother anybody on. Thanks go really. It became clear and clean in clear that there were some things that were strange about this case. Investigators were about to learn a lot more about that shooting in the House on Elm Street. And what happened next next with tear the town apart coming up no longer willing to hear Byron. Smith story wasn't all OH adding up. You would think after such a horrific event he would be very emotional maybe crying. I didn't notice."