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Shootings of Little Falls teens recorded on audio device

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Haile Kifer and Nick Brady Haile Kifer and Nick Brady
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LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -

Court documents show a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teenagers had a surveillance system that recorded video of the cousins as they broke into his home Thanksgiving Day.

The St. Cloud Times reported that search warrants revealed 64-year-old Byron David Smith also made an audio recording of the shootings.

Smith is charged with murder in the deaths of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer.

The search warrants state that video footage captured Brady and Kifer outside the home as they broke in through a bake window.

Detectives say they believe Smith, who was concerned about break-ins, was watching and waiting as he sat in a basement chair but. He did not call 911, and later admitted shooting Brady as he came down the stairs. He then sat back down and shot Kifer multiple times minutes later.

Investigators also say the killings were captured on an audio recording device, including the sound of the multiple rounds Smith used to kill Kifer.

According to the charges, Smith told police he shot Brady in the face after the teen fell down the stairs because, "I want him dead." He also told investigators Kifer laughed after he shot her, saying, "If you're trying to shoot somebody and they laugh at you, you go again."

Smith then explained how he placed his gun under Kifer's chin, describing it as a "good, clean finishing shot."

The warrants also say Smith appeared to have blood on his shoes and clothes when authorities arrived. Detectives also found a small arsenal of handguns and shotguns.

Authorities learned of the video and audio recordings while searching Smith's home. They then went back and seized several computer memory cards and computer equipment.

Smith's home on Elm Street was his castle, both metaphorically and literally. It was wired with a sophisticated surveillance system -- perhaps not a surprise, given that he once worked for the State Department to establish security at embassies and consulates across the world.

Detectives also uncovered a few surprises when they searched Brady's car, which was left down the road. Six prescription pill bottles belonging to Richard Johnson were found, and officials believe the teens broke into his home the day before they were shot.

Collectable coins, a Louisville slugger and a Calvin Klein bag with sex toys inside were also found in the vehicle.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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