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LITTLE FALLS, Minnesota — Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.

Byron Smith also could be heard saying he was doing his "civic duty" on the recording, which was played during his trial. He is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady.

Smith, 65, claims he feared for his life that Thanksgiving Day in 2012 and shot the teens in self-defense.

He had an audio recorder running during the shootings, and prosecutors have been playing the recording at trial. On the part played Wednesday, Smith was heard saying, "They weren't human. I don't see them as human. I see them as vermin."

"I was doing my civic duty," Smith was heard saying in another part. "I had to do it."


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