Byron Smith, 65, shot and killed two teens, Nick Brady and Haile Kifer, on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 after they broke into his Little Falls, Minn. home.
While Smith claimed self-defense, an audio recording of the killings, coupled with his own testimony to police painted a different picture, reported The Washington Post.
After hearing about some neighborhood break-ins, Smith moved his car away from his home to make it look empty and waited in his basement with a book, energy bars, water and two guns.
He also set up an audio recorder, which captured the killings on tape.
After Brady and Kifer broke into Smith's home that night, the homeowner shot the unarmed Brady (standing at the top of the stairs) from his basement two times. Smith said, "You're dead," before firing a third shot into Brady's face, noted the Star Tribune.
About 11 minutes after the first shooting, Kifer’s footsteps are heard on the audio as she calls out in the basement, “Nick?”
There are more sounds of gunshots and Kifer falls down the stairs into the basement.
“Oh, sorry about that,” Smith tells Kifer, who screams, “Oh my God!” More gun shots follow,
then Smith tells the teen girl, “You’re dying, bitch."
According to the TwinCities.com, Smith told police that he noticed Kifer was still gasping for breath, so he fired under her chin with a 22.-caliber handgun to put the teen out of her suffering.
On April 29, Smith was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and second-degree murder.
According to MediaMatters.org, Fox News host Sean Hannity defended Smith during his April 30 show (video below) by stating, "They broke into the guy's house."
Hannity then played part of Smith's audio recording in which he says, "They weren't human. I don't see them as human. I see them as vermin."
While Hannity didn't like Smith calling the teens "vermin" on the audio tape, he nevertheless defended the homeowner.
"How could it be premeditated when they broke into his house?" Hannity complained.
After guest Geraldo Rivera noted Smith's "coup de grace" shooting of Kifer, Hannity stated, "You know what, it's easy to say after the fact, I wouldn't."