County to aid with prosecution of Little Falls murder case

Washington County Attorney Pete Orput will assist in the prosecution of the Thanksgiving Day homicide in which Byron Smith of Little Falls is charged with the second-degree murders of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17. Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf appointed Orput and Washington County First Assistant Brent Wartner as special assistant Morrison County attorneys to alleviate the burden on his office which is handling nine homicide-related cases — an unprecedented number for Morrison County.