I take it this is the incident
you're referring to.
Smith said he dragged Schaeffel's body into his basement workshop, then sat down on his chair. After a few minutes, Kifer began coming down the stairs and he shot her as soon as her hips appeared, he said.
After shooting her with both the Mini 14 and the .22-caliber revolver, he dragged her next to Schaeffel. With her still gasping for air, he fired a shot under her chin "up into the cranium," the complaint says.
"Smith described it as `a good clean finishing shot,'" according to the complaint.
There's a real similarity to the Ersland case
in that Smith decided to administer a coupe de grace. He crossed serious legal and moral lines at that point.
It's one thing to use lethal force to stop imminent harm. It's something else altogether to assume the role of judge and executioner.